Symantec Source Code Follow-up

In a follow-up to a previous post, it looks like Symantec has backed away from earlier statements regarding the theft of source code of some of its security products, now admitting that its own network was compromised.  In a statement provided to Reuters, the security software maker acknowledged that hackers had broken into its network and stole source code of some of the company’s security applications.

Symantec had insisted previously that hackers stole the code from a third party, but corrected that statement on Tuesday after an investigation found that Symantec’s own networks had been infiltrated six years ago.  The list of software has also increased, now including Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition, Norton Internet Security, Norton Utilities, Norton GoBack and pcAnywhere.

If you have these products installed, you may be at increased risk.  The best advice that I can offer is to make sure that you have secured these products to their fullest, that their exposure to potential threat vectors is minimized, and that any systems that use them are monitored for abnormal behavior and network traffic.