Symantec offered $50,000 to source code hacker

In January, Symantec admitted that back in 2006, its servers were the victim of a cyber attack. The people responsible for the attack took the source code for a number of Symantec's security software products. Hackers who said they were associated with Anonymous threatened in January to release the source code. However, Symantec said that since the source code was so old, most of the products that are currently being used by customers were not in danger. The one exception was the PCAnywhere product which Symantec later updated with a patch.

Now there's word via News.com that Symantec, as part of a sting operation with law enforcement, attempted to find the people who wanted to release the source code by offering them money to not release the code. The story says that Symantec offered the hacker, who goes by the handle "Yamatough" $50,000 for not releasing the source code to the Internet.

The talks with "Yamatough" started in January and continued for weeks until negotiations broke down on Monday when the hacker or group of hackers demanded Symantec pay the money on the hacker's terms. Later that evening a file appeared on The Pirate Bay web site that was labeled "Symantec's pcAnywhere Leaked Source Code". Symantec has yet to confirm if that file is indeed genuine.

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thenetavenger said,
But if he releases it, it will become Open Source, and make it SO MUCH more secure...

/sarcasm


LOL! Comment of the day award.

You obviously do not know what 'Open Source' is.. even to make a sarcastic comment.

Well.. coming from you, that's understandable.

n_K said,
Well if that's not the oldest trick in the book I don't quite know what is.

HAHAHA, I'd love to know what terms Symantec couldn't agree to when they were trying to entrap them like this...

M_Lyons10 said,

HAHAHA, I'd love to know what terms Symantec couldn't agree to when they were trying to entrap them like this...

they demanded 1 billion dollars wired to a swiss bank account and a VIP private jet to a mansion somewhere in a island and 18 strippers.

remixedcat said,

they demanded 1 billion dollars wired to a swiss bank account and a VIP private jet to a mansion somewhere in a island and 18 strippers.

Are you being serious?

remixedcat said,

and blackjack and hookers. they wanted blackjack and hookers too

Assuming you're being serious... It doesn't sound like the hacker was. Sounds like he was just f***ing with Symantec LOL

n_K said,
Well if that's not the oldest trick in the book I don't quite know what is.

exactly. they would never pay money and trust the hackers to never release the code.
it was an obvious setup

whitebread said,
Assuming you're being serious... It doesn't sound like the hacker was. Sounds like he was just f***ing with Symantec LOL

ha ha symantec needs a little push though.