Items tagged with Symantec

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...
Have you noticed less spam in your inbox lately? According to Symantec’s November Intelligence Report, the rate of spam worldwide is close to a three-year low. Symantec notes that spam currently encompasses 70 percent of all emails. Compared to 2009 when spam accounted for 90 percent of all global emails, this is a significant drop. After the spam hosting IPS McColo was shut down in 2008, spam levels reached a low of 68 percent. The report also shows that the type of spam we’re receiving is changing. In November, Pharmaceutical spam was the most common, comprising 32.5 percent followed... Read more...
Symantec published a paper titled “The Nitro Attacks: Stealing Secrets from the Chemical Industry”, which details a prolonged hacker attack against several private companies in the chemical business. According to the paper, the hackers were after “intellectual property such as design documents, formulas, and manufacturing processes”. The attacks lasted from late July through the middle of September. Even more notable is that this is not apparently the hacker group’s first go-round; it’s just the latest whitecap in a long-running crime wave. The group targeted... Read more...
The cool thing about having friends is you know they'll have your back (and loan you money). But with Samsung and Symantec hooking up BFF style, these best buds promise to have your back when it comes time to upgrade your slow-as-molasses mechanical hard drive to a smoking fast Samsung 470 Series solid state drive (check out our review here). Samsung said its 470 Series consumer SSDs now come bundled with Symantec's Norton Ghost 15 backup and restore software. This is the full version too, and not some gimped trial. Using the included software, Samsung and Symantec are making it easy for enthusiasts... Read more...
Some signaled the death knell of security firms like Symantec and McAfee after Microsoft released its free Microsoft Security Essentials product. That hasn't been the case, however, and Intel sure doesn't feel that way, or it wouldn't have bought security giant McAfee for $7.68 billion, as it did on Thursday. The deal is all-cash, and amounts to $48 per share. While Intel is definitely a hardware company, it has been building more security into its products with, for example, its vPro series for business. With the addition of McAfee, it would seem that Intel wants to build more security directly... Read more...
Symantec has released a report (.PDF) on what it calls "rogue security software." According to the report, Symantec has detected over 250 distinct rogue security software programs, and during the timeframe of the report, July 2008 - June 2009, 43 million attempted downloads of such rogue programs. The company was unable to determine exactly how many installs completed. One of the most prevalent ways for these bogus AV programs to install is when a user browses to a website, which then pops up a message saying that "your PC is vulnerable," or "your PC is infected" or other similar warning. This... Read more...
While Symantec and other antivirus firms may make gibes at Microsoft's free Security Essentials antivirus, Microsoft reportedly offered the product in order to increase AV coverage in regions where people can't afford to pay for one. At least, that's the reason they gave, and at first glance it appears MSE is making some headway. According to Microsoft, in the first week they saw over 1.5 million downloads of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). At the same time, the company reported only 535,752 distinct PCs running the software (hey, where'd the rest go?). However, the companycounted four million... Read more...
Microsoft's new Security Essentials anti-malware product has just gone live. The site has been updated in the past hour or so, since we last checked it, and users can now download Microsoft Security Essentials for 32-bit Windows XP, and 32- and 64-bit Windows Vista/7. That's correct, in case you're wondering. There is no support for 64-bit Windows XP, at least for now. Microsoft's reasoning behind the free security software is, according to the company, to be sure that users in emerging markets are protected, as many of those users can't afford to buy antivirus software. As you probably know (and... Read more...
In July, Symantec opened its 2009 security products to public beta, promising that they would no longer be the performance hogs they have been in the past. You may know that Symantec's latest versions of their security products have been criticized over their memory footprint and CPU usage. Of course, there's also the activation issue (the software must be activated), but that's another point of contention. So this year Symantec focused on speed and resources, calling it a "zero-impact" performance goal. And on Tuesday Symantec announced the launch of its 2009 line, highlighting the following bullet... Read more...
After admitting that the SymProtect feature of its security products was at least partially to blame for registry corruption which occurred during both Windows XP SP3 and Windows Vista SP1 upgrades, Symantec promised a standalone utility to remove the corrupted entries, and it's finally delivered on that promise.SymProtect, designed to protect Symantec's security software from being hacked by malware, guards against unauthorized changes to the registry.Reese Anschultz, a senior Symantec manager, announced the availability of SymRegFix on a company support forum yesterday.When some users on that... Read more...
You'll recall our earlier story on registry corruption for certain users upgrading to Windows XP SP3. The cases of registry corruption seemed to have a common thread: Symantec security products. Originally Symantec blamed Microsoft, but in a post on a Symantec support forum, a a senior manager with Symantec indicated the fault may indeed lie with Symantec's products."After a lot of testing, we've reproduced a number of different cases where applying the XP SP3 upgrade adds additional registry keys within already-existing Symantec registry keys," said Anschultz. "We have determined that the SymProtect... Read more...
As if Microsoft needed to hear more Windows XP SP3 problems.  You'd almost think they did this on purpose, as we know they'd rather all of us upgrade to Vista.  Nah.According to reports posted the day after Microsoft launched Windows XP SP3 on Windows Update, some users found that their network cards and previously-crafted connections had mysteriously vanished from Windows after updating to the service pack."The Network Connections screen now does not show any of the NIC cards. I have three adapters that used to show up," said someone using "MRFREEZE61" as an alias on Microsoft's XP SP3... Read more...
In mid-November, Symantec released its "Top 5 Security-Menace Predictions for 2008." Perhaps it should have included itself.A routine update from Symantec Security Response wreaked havoc on a California company's clientele this week when it inadvertently tagged a program produced by Solid Oak Software as a virus and cut off the Internet access of Solid Oak customers.This is the third time in less than a year that Symantec's Norton products have caused severe damage to computers running CYBERsitter software offerings, said Brian Milburn, president of Solid Oak Software, in a statement. "In my opinion,... Read more...
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