Cisco Still Mum On Reported Code Theft

It's still not commenting on a report on a Russian Web site that a sizeable portion of the code for its Internetwork Operating System has been stolen and is circulating on the Internet.

Cisco Systems is still remaining quiet five days after the news broke on a Russian security firm's Web site purporting that a sizable portion of the company's Internetwork Operating System has been stolen and is circulating on the Internet. IOS is the software that runs much of Cisco's networking gear, which many of the world's businesses and governments use to run their critical IT networks.

Research firm Gartner issued a brief analysis of the purported source-code theft late Wednesday and warned Cisco customers that the theft creates "a potentially serious security problem." However, Gartner security analyst John Pescatore says he believes it's unlikely that a worm or a sizable uptick in hacker attacks is likely to result from the availability of the IOS source code.

News source: InformationWeek

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