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Symantec made the unsettling announcement today that it has discovered sophisticated malware that has been operating successfully on and off since 2008. Named Regin, the malware launches in a series of stages and is designed to avoid detection at each stage. Symantec hasn’t identified the organization that created Regin, but says that its sophistication, its targets, and the amount of time that would be needed to create it suggest that a nation state is responsible. Image Credit: SymantecRegin’s first stage is a Trojan. Once launched, the malware goes through several stages, each of which is encrypted.... Read more...
There seems to be a trend that is growing among major tech companies with breaking up into smaller pieces. Ebay and Hewlett-Packard announced that they were breaking up into smaller pieces. Now it seems Symantec Corp could be adapting that trend in the future, according to unnamed sources that spoke to Bloomberg who are knowledgeable about the matter. It seems that the software company is looking to split up its business into two separate companies. One side would focus on selling its Norton security programs while the other deals with data storage. The sources said that the plan is in advanced... Read more...
Recent years have seen software publishers increasingly moving from boxed software to a subscription model. Adobe moved its famous Photoshop software and related programs to the subscription-based Creative Cloud in 2012 and hasn’t looked back. Microsoft still offers boxed versions of its Office software, but it has been heavily promoting the Office 365 subscriptions. Now, Symantec is heading to the subscription model with its flagship Norton computer security products. The new Norton Security pulls multiple Norton products into a single subscription that will run you about $80 per year. Symantec... Read more...
A group of Russian hackers known collectively as either "Energetic Bear" or "Dragonfly" is mounting sabotage operations against a number of power and oil companies primarily located in the U.S. and throughout parts of Europe. Among the group's targets are energy grid operators, major electricity generation firms, petroleum pipeline operators, and energy industry equipment providers. Security outfit Symantec says the group is well resourced with access to a wide range of malware tools capable of launching attacks in a variety of ways. They've been operating since at least 2011 and perhaps longer.... Read more...
Symantec, which has been making antivirus products for decades (including Norton, the first piece of software most people would try to remove from a new PC), is getting out of the antivirus game, sort of. Brian Dye, Symantec's senior vice president for information security, told the Wall Street Journal that in Synamtec’s view, antivirus is dead. "We don't think of antivirus as a moneymaker in any way," he stated. That doesn't mean the company is completely abandoning Norton, but it is heading in a new direction. Basically, instead of primarily focusing on keeping the walls secure, Symantec... Read more...
Sometimes it stinks being right. To wit, Symantec earlier this month talked about the discovery of a so-called "Master Key" vulnerability in Android that would allow remote attackers to inject malicious code into legitimate apps without invalidating the signature. Symantec called it a "serious Android vulnerability," fearing that it would quickly be spotted in the wild. Less than a month later, Symantec was proven right. Norton Mobile Insight—our system for harvesting and automatically analyzing Android applications from hundreds of marketplaces—has discovered the first examples of... Read more...
In what sounds like a scene out of one of those (well meaning, but never remotely accurate) cyber-action movies, teams of technicians from Symantec and Microsoft’s Digital Crimes unit wielding a court order from the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, were escorted by U.S. Federal Marshals in raids on data centers in New Jersey and Virginia yesterday. Yes, that happened. According to Reuters, the purpose of the raids was to shut down the Bamital botnet by yanking offline servers that had been used to control between 300,000 and 1 million infected PCs as part of a massive click fraud... Read more...
On Friday, security firm Symantec discovered a Trojan called Backdoor.Makadocs, which in typical backdoor Trojan fashion accesses a compromised system and attempts to swipe data from it. The interesting bit is that it uses Google Docs as a proxy server to get around firewalls and connect to a C&C server, instead of attempting to connect directly. Using social engineering tactics to engage a user’s interest in the file, the Trojan arrives as a Rich Text Format (RTF) or Microsoft Word document; when a user opens it, the payload is delivered. Essentially all versions of Windows are affected,... Read more...
It’s not clear how many jobs will be lost, but according to a Reuters report, at least a small percentage of Intel’s McAfee security division will be getting the pink slip soon. McAfee has about 7,100 employees, so even a “small percentage” could be a lot of people. McAfee is best known for its desktop PC security software, and the division--which was apparently worth up to $7.7 billion when Intel bought it early last year--and a dip in PC sales market-wide may be having an impact on McAfee’s bottom line as it competes with number one security software maker Symantec.... Read more...
Symantec, apparently unhappy with the ways thing have been going, ousted its Chief Executive Officer of three years and severed ties with a man who had been with the company for almost two decades. That man is Enrique Salem, and his termination took affect immediately following a review by Symantec's board of directors. Stepping in his place is board chairman Steve Bennett, who had mostly good things to say about Salem, despite initiating the review that led to his immediate dismissal. "Enrique Salem has been a significant contributor during his 19 years’ associated with Symantec, including... Read more...
There was a moment in time where our smartphones and tablets offered all of the wonders of the powerful mobile computing without the cloying downside of security threats we became so accustomed to with our desktops and notebooks. That moment has more or less passed, as individuals and companies alike are getting wise to the growing security threats from malware, forgetful employees, and thieves. Perhaps it’s time to get some protection for your Android device. Symantec certainly thinks so, as the company announced additions to its existing enterprise mobile security portfolio with Symantec... Read more...
Security firm Symantec is busy cleaning up a bit of egg on its face after pushing out a signature update that decided not to play nice with some Windows XP machines. Symantec disclosed the problem on its website, saying that the SNAFU only affected machines running a combination of Windows XP, the latest version of its SONAR technology, and certain third party software. "The root cause of the issue was an incompatibility due to a three way interaction between some third party software that implements a file system driver using kernel stack based file objects – typical of encryption drivers,... Read more...
Earlier this month, Symantec essentially shrugged after hacker group Lords of Dharmaraja swiped source code to some Symantec products from Indian military servers and threatened to release it. Now, it appears to have been a lot of false bravado on Symantec’s part. Symantec has publicly acknowledged the breach(es), the extent of the damage, and what customers should do about it. In a special post on its website, Symantec said; Our investigation continues to indicate that the theft is limited to only the code for the 2006 versions of Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition; Norton Internet Security;... Read more...
In a post on pastebin (which has been removed, though it is cached here), a hacker group called the Lords of Dharmaraja claimed that it hacked an Indian Military Intelligence server and snagged source codes from a dozen different companies, most notably (apparently) the source code to Symantec’s Norton Antivirus. The group posted a file it said “describes the application programming interface specifications required for generating virus definitions automatically from the Immune System analysis center.” Obviously, the ability to for cyber ne’er-do-wells to dig into one of... Read more...
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