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Symantec Warns Users Not to Use pcAnywhere

By Admin on January 27, 2012 6:02 AM

Don't use Symantec's pcAnywhere. Disable it now.

That's a request from the security software firm itself. The company suspected someone had broken into its network back in 2006, but was unable to confirm it until earlier this month.

Members of hacktivist group Anonymous have recently begun talking publicly about Symantec's source code, which it claims to have stolen. The code affects the 2006 versions of its Norton security software and newer versions of pcAnywhere, which allows users to remotely access their computers.

Symantec is unsure who stole the code, according to Ars Technica. But Anonymous is believed to be in possession and is threatening to release it. The hackers are reportedly seeking retribution and are claiming Symantec tricked users into buying second-rate trial software.

Programmers are working to patch existing vulnerabilities in Symantec's pcAnywhere software, reports PC Mag. Until then, the company has asked consumers to disable the product. If it's absolutely impossible, users should ensure that the latest version, 12.5, is installed and up to date.

Rest assured that Symantec's Norton security products are not at risk, as the source code has been updated in newer versions.

There are also no confirmed attacks connected to the stolen source code, explains Ars Technica. But if released, hackers can engage in man-in-the-middle attacks. They'd gain unauthorized remote use of computers and be able to intercept pcAnywhere traffic.

The only way to prevent such an attack is to disable Symantec's pcAnywhere software. Persons with employer-provided computers should remember to check with IT.

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