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THE HACKTIVIST Antisec group has published Symantec Norton AntiVirus 2006 All Platforms Source Code on The Pirate Bay.
Anonymous, with which Antisec is related, has long boasted of its ownership of Symantec code, and this is its latest release in an ongoing campaign against the security firm.
The latest issuance is dedicated to Jeremy Hammond, who is also known as "Anarchaos", "sup_g", "burn", "yohoho", "POW", "tylerknowsthis" and "crediblethreat", who is one of the hackers arrested by the authorities this week in relation to Lulzsec attacks on a range of organisations.
"All conflict comes from social inequality and those who use this to their advantage. Our civilization is facing a radical, imminent mass change. The alternative to the hierarchical power structure is based on mutual aid and group consensus," says the introduction to the leak at The Pirate Bay.
"As hackers we can learn these systems, manipulate these systems, and shut down these systems if we need to."
The message also gives nods to the other arrested hackers with one exception - Sabu, or Hector Xavier Monsegur.
The file is a large one, 1.07GB. We have asked Symantec to comment on the release.
Way back when news there had been a leak first broke, the firm confirmed that it was 2006 software that was taken. Though it admitted to only a segment of code being lost, this release seems to contradict that.
"Symantec can confirm that a segment of its source code has been accessed. Upon investigation of the claims made by Anonymous regarding source code disclosure, Symantec believes that the disclosure was the result of a theft of source code that occurred in 2006," it said.
"Since 2006, Symantec has instituted a number of policies and procedures to prevent a similar incident from occurring."
Anonymous has released other code such as that from PCanywhere in the past.
Symantec has responded to our request for comment, and repeated its advice that this is old code. It added that it always knew this would happen, and remains unfazed by the attention of the hackers.
"Symantec is aware of the claims made by Anonymous that it has recently posted source code for the 2006 version of Norton Antivirus. We are still in the process of analyzing the code to confirm its authenticity," it said.
The firm repeated an earlier suggestion, from 7, February, that it expects that more releases with follow. Again, it suggested that this does not worry it
"We anticipate that at some point, Anonymous will also post the code for the 2006 version of Norton Internet Security, which they also claim to possess," it said.
"As we have already stated publicly, this is old code, and Symantec and Norton customers will not be at an increased risk as a result of any further disclosure related to these 2006 products." µ
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