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Anonymous Attacks Symantec, Leaks Norton Anti-Virus Source Code

Looks like Anonymous has been up to its old tricks again, and launched a new attack - this time on Symantec.

It seems no one is safe from the world's most infamous hacking collective - not even the anti-virus organisation that is Symantec, as it appears that Anonymous has released the source code from Norton Antivirus 2006.

Those claiming to be part of the Anonymous massive had been boasting for a few months now that they had the source code - a claim Symantec did eventually admit to, but only suggesting that "segment" of the code had been leaked.

The details, published on The Pirate Bay, also featured a quote from arrested Anonymous member, Jeremy Hammond: “As hackers we can learn these systems, manipulate these systems, and shut down these systems if we need to”.

According to V3, Symantec is still looking to confirm whether or not the source code is genuine. Previous statements by the company have explained that because the source code is old, customers are safe from any potential attacks.

“We are still in the process of analysing the code to confirm its authenticity. We anticipate that at some point, Anonymous will also post the code for the 2006 version of Norton Internet Security, which they also claim to possess,” Symantec said in a statement.

Will those pesky Anonymous hackers stop at nothing? Until there proves to be a fully secure system, then perhaps anti-virus software agencies should practise what they preach.

Mariel Norton is a self-confessed girly geek with a penchant for technology, and joins ITProPortal with just over a year's experience under her online belt. A copywriter by day and a freelance writer by night/weekend, Mariel is an avid volunteer - lending her charitable services throughout the world. Specialising in social media, apps, and video games, Mariel hopes to intertwine her love of technology with the English language to produce amusing anecdotes of ambiguous algorithms and alliteration