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  • How much do data breaches cost? More than you think

    Posted June 19, 2013 - 12:50 pm

    According to Symantec, data spills cost US companies nearly $200 per record lost -- a good reason why organizations need to do a better job of protecting our data.
  • Justine Bateman goes from Family Ties to for loops

    Posted June 4, 2013 - 6:00 am

    The former 80’s sitcom star has gone back to college full time to study computer science
  • Is Facebook now accepting porn ads?

    Posted October 22, 2012 - 12:15 pm

    I was pretty shocked when I encountered an adult ad on my Facebook feed. How it got there, though, remains a mystery.
  • Super-spy malware Duqu is back with new tricks, new hints at who wrote it

    Posted March 21, 2012 - 2:02 pm

    Symantec captured a new version of the module the Stuxnet descendant Duqu uses to penetrate new systems, but not the part that shows where it gets its orders. Kaspersky, meanwhile, cracked the mystery of Duqu's mysterious coding language and identified characteristics of the coding team that built it; nothing's sure, but the profile is consistent with government work.
  • Symantec may have tried to bribe hackers, but definitely betrayed its own customers

    Posted February 7, 2012 - 2:02 pm

    Anonymous is laughing it up at Symantec's reputed attempt to bribe hackers to not release source code. Symantec calls it extortion. That question is trivial compared to the reality that Symnantec broke trust with its customers and left them at risk for six years following the hack.
  • Symantec record: Two major hacks, two major delays admitting fault, risk to customers

    Posted January 26, 2012 - 3:16 pm

    If your company were hacked in a way that could directly hurt customers, would you announce the worst-case scenario so they could prep while you develop a solution? Or dribble out the news slowly? Symantec dribbled, first with SSL tokens, then source code, leaving customers at risk.
  • Study predicts 37-ish male geeks are most likely insider data thieves

    Posted November 28, 2011 - 2:45 pm

    On Dec. 7 Symantec will release results of a study quantifying the demographic and psychographic profile, behaviors and motivations of typical insider data thieves. The snapshot is predictable: top suspects look just like most of the people in IT.
  • Symantec details trackback to culprit in chemical-company espionage attacks

    Posted November 1, 2011 - 3:42 pm

    Symantec released a report today with an unusually detailed description of the forensic investigation and trackback to the source of a series of espionage attacks on chemical companies involved in the defense industry. Suspect responds, 'Who, me?'
  • Study: Total annual cost of cybercrime near $400 billion

    Posted September 7, 2011 - 5:58 pm

    Global cybercrime costs nearly $400 billion and affects 431 million adult victims annually, according to Symantec's Norton Cybercrime Report 2011.
  • Symantec reveals profile of PC user least likely to be victim of cybercrime

    Posted September 7, 2011 - 1:42 pm

    Cybercrime, especially malware, is rising, but not evenly. More Chinese suffer than Japanese, men more than women, slackers more than A/V updaters, 'net addicts more than luddites.
  • For once, Microsoft "anti-competitive" practice really is a benefit

    Posted November 8, 2010 - 12:11 pm

    Trend Micro is complaining that Microsoft's free anti-malware gets updated via the ubiquitous Windows Update, though it genuinely benefits users.
  • Shareholders pushing Symantec to split up?

    Posted November 5, 2010 - 1:03 pm

    A report in the New York Post suggests that some shareholders of Symantec are organizing an effort to split up the security software firm.
  • More Evidence Stuxnet Was Aimed at Iran

    Posted October 12, 2010 - 11:57 am

    Investigations of worm code uncovers date on which prominent Iranian Jew was executed, and the mention of character in the biblical story of Miriam, though evidence that circumstantial wouldn't convict a falling-down drunk of public intoxication.
  • Symantec Vision Conference: Total Control

    Posted April 14, 2010 - 9:42 am

    Symantec upgraded four of its product suites, but more importantly, they're starting to work together in ways that they never have before. You might like it.
  • Koobface worm infects Twitter

    Posted July 15, 2009 - 6:59 am

    Symantec reports this morning that the Koobface worm that first hit Facebook continues winding its way through Twitter.

  • Go to Las Vegas ASAP

    Posted March 15, 2009 - 7:44 pm

    One of the big lessons I learned last week at the Altiris / Symantec ManageFusion conference was how welcoming Las Vegas has become during these economic times. If you have a vacation coming soon, check out Vegas for yourself. If you haven't been there in years, or have only been there as an attendee with no free time, go back. If you haven't taken your significant other with you in the last ten years, go back now before the prices get back to normal.
  • Symantec Show Wrapup

    Posted March 13, 2009 - 12:32 pm

    Now that I'm back from Las Vegas to a last-gasp March cold snap in Texas, it's time to wrap up my days at the last ever ManageFusion, the Altiris user group conference. Next year, ManageFusion and the Altiris products will be part of the Symantec Vision conference. Let's hope the high energy level and enthusiasm of ManageFusion carries over to the combined events. A keynote with a live band onstage tells you right away this is no boring PowerPoint overloaded snoozefest with suited VPs droning on.
  • Symantec Speaks About Spam

    Posted March 11, 2009 - 8:20 pm

    What does Symantec say about spam? There's a whole bunch of it, but spam volume dropped by more than 75 percent on November 12th last year for a simple reason: the computers controlling spam-spewing zombie PCs were disconnected from the Internet. Can we apply that success for a more permanent solution? Some, but it's not that easy.
  • Symantec's Enrique Salem

    Posted March 11, 2009 - 2:25 am

    Enrique Salem, the current COO (Chief Operating Officer) of Symantec will soon take over as CEO (Chief Operating Officer). While taking over a big company ($6 Bllion or so world-wide revenue) is certainly exciting, doing so in an economy following the trajectory of Ralph the Diving Pig can't be fun. Salem say's he's up to it, however.
  • Studying Symantec and Altiris

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 12:41 am

    Tuesday and Wednesday I'll be at the ManageFusion users conference as a guest of Symantec. They'll announce various end client, server, and network management products and upgrades. Since Symantec bought the network management company Altiris a couple of years ago, they've gradually been introducing more security into the Altiris products and more management into the Symantec products. This is one of those high tech mergers that seem to make sense, at least form the outside.
  • Video

    Cyber-criminals Get Organized

    Posted November 24, 2008 - 2:29 pm

    Symantec just released a new way to make us lose sleep at night, called the Symantec Report on the Underground Economy. In case you weren't depressed enough by the regular economy, Symantec will be happy to bum you out about the increasingly organized world of hackers, spammers, and phishers.
  • And now, Symantec gets it all right

    Posted July 29, 2008 - 9:58 am

    It’s refreshing to regale a vendor with kudos for customer service performed expertly. The beneficiary of my admiration today is Symantec.
  • Symantec gets it all wrong

    Posted July 24, 2008 - 2:05 pm

    It's no fun for any company when its chief operating officer sticks his foot in his mouth or when that same foot is used to kick its resellers in the ass.

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