A group of hackers claimed to have the source code of Norton Internet Security 2012. They also tried to blackmail Symnatec but company responded that the code does not belongs to any of their products.
Hackers have also posted a part of code in the http://pastebin.com/gSAUT5NE but the page has been now removed from the website. Hackers also posted a message to company.
Dear Symantec officials,
We would like to inform you that we finally exploited Norton internet security 2012, this exploit made an error in Norton and by mistake exposed its FULL SOURCE CODE, we then checked it several time to be sure, also we would like to tell you that you fool highness inserted a lot of sensitive information in the we actually disclosed the top secret virus protection technique of Symantec Norton 2012 and we will be publishing it on Monday unless we had a little t$lk, the source code will also be published on several paste websites including this site, and also for informational reasons the source code will be identified by this hashed title : “bDNnNG5kQHlhaG9vLmNvbQ==”
search pastebin.com on Monday for it if Symantec didn’t just give me the demand$.
3g4nd crew. our email : [email protected] to discus about th$.
Infosec land has done some research on this and contacted to the Symnatec regarding the issue. “Symantec’s internal information security team has analyzed the code that was posted and has determined it is NOT Symantec source code,” Cris Paden, Sr. Manager for Corporate Communications at Symantec, said in an email statement provided to Infosec Island.
“Without disclosing our process of testing and tip our hand to hackers for a continued possible workaround, our team has determined, in effect, the program/code in question is a DOS batch file, i.e., a utility, designed to keep Microsoft Office 2010 in a perpetual trial mode. More information can be found at: http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/23462-IORRT-The-Official-Office-2010-VL-Rearm-Solution,” Paden said.
“The reference to ‘Norton’ is actually inserted into a hacking program used to execute the utility (back-up copies and files are needed to transfer information as part of the process to get MS office trial mode to run in perpetuity). As such, this is NOT Norton source code that has been posted, this is not a hack of Norton source code, and this does no pose a threat in any way to Norton products,” Paden explained.