Symantec may have tried to bribe hackers, but definitely betrayed its own customers

Symantec might have tried to bribe hackers, or been extorted by them, but still failed its customers

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It looks like Symantec was right to tell customers last month to quit using its wildly popular pcAnywhere remote-access product, though it went so far as to try to buy off the Indian hackers who stole it before giving up hope of keeping it offline.

It's not clear who took the source code for pcAnywhere and other Symantec products in 2006, but it was posted to Pastebin early this morning by the same group whose threat to release the code prompted Symantec to admit the hack in December and put a moratorium on the use of pcAnywhere Jan. 24.

The Lords of Dharmaraja (LoD) are Mumbai-based affiliate of Anonymous, which announced the release on Twitter under the AnonymousIRC and YourAnonNews Anon news channels.

The Lords posted only a snippet of the code on Pastebin, but added a link to ThePirateBay, onto which they loaded the whole pcAnywhere source code file as a torrent available to anyone. By this morning several users had already promised to re-post and redistribute it.

The Pastebin posts lacked the braggadocious commentary of most Anonymous releases, especially those coming from #AntiSec, an operation launched by the late, unlamented LulzSec splinter group that terrified Corporate America with its hacks last summer and horrified the rest of the Internet with its painfully stilted revolutionary rhetoric.

Anon sympathizer OpCensorThis made up for the lack somewhat with a tweet that read "Symantec right now" and linked to a YouTube video of a crying baby.

$50,000, but was it bribery or extortion?

First they lied about being hacked in 2006. Then they didn't tell anyone about the hack or vulnerabilities for years. And now they're bribing? – AnonymousSabu, Twitter, Feb. 6

Catching a major vendor in a lie about their own security problems was a great enough source of Lulz for most Anonymi, but the story got better this morning:

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