Psst...now it's Cisco source code up for sale

The Source Code Club has opened up shop again.

The group of self-identified hackers has posted files online that it claims contains source code for Pix security firewall from Cisco Systems. The price for the proprietary software: $24,000. "SCC is proud to announce the general availability of Cisco Pix 6.3.1 source code. This release is significant because Pix is vital to the security of many ultra-secure networks," read a Google group posting marked as a Source Code Club newsletter.

The Source Code Club does not indicate in its file posting or in the newsletter where the source code came from or how it was obtained. "We are aware of the posting and are looking into it," Cisco spokeswoman Penny Bruce said Tuesday. She was unable to comment further on the authenticity of the source code or its source. Version 6.3.1 is an older version of the firewall product released in March 2003, Bruce noted. Cisco came out with version 6.3.4 in July of this year.

News source: C|Net News.com

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