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Fri
17
Feb
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Symantec Norton 360 Gets Win8, Multi-Platform Overhaul

Symantec has unveiled three new versions of its popular security software, Norton 360. The three releases include Norton 360 Version 6 (compatible with the upcoming Windows 8 beta), Norton 360 Everywhere, and Norton One. Each of the three versions ... offer something different. For example, Symantec boasts that Norton 360 Version 6 will provide a download option to support the Windows 8 beta edition whenever that new operating system becomes available to the public, which is reportedly due this summer . Compatibility with Windows 8 Beta a "Priority," Symantec Says "We're making it a ... (view more)

Thu
09
Feb
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PC Anywhere Code Leaked After Failed Ransom Bid

Hackers have published source code that could be used to hack computers running Symantec's security program PCAnywhere. The move comes after the security firm refused to meet the hackers' demand for $50,000 in ransom. As we reported last month , the ... code behind a range of Symantec products was originally stolen in 2006. It appears most likely the theft came after Indian military officials demanded access to the code before accepting it for official use. Symantec may have learned of the theft only after hackers revealed they had it, earlier this year. Symantec said in January that several ... (view more)

Tue
31
Jan
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'Largest Ever' Smartphone Malware Campaign Uncovered

Security software company Symantec has sent out a warning about what it believes to be the largest-ever malware campaign launched against Android smartphone owners. Called "Android.Counterclank," the malware was discovered hidden within 13 different ... apps (smartphone applications) released by three different publishers. Of the enticing titles, "Sexy Girls Puzzle" and "Counter Strike Ground Force" were among the most prolific in duping from one to five million people into downloading the infected software through Google's legitimate app marketplace. (Source: computerworld. ... (view more)

Fri
27
Jan
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Symantec Users Urged to Shut Down PCAnywhere

Security firm Symantec is urging all Windows users to disable "PCAnywhere" (a remote-control software program) on their systems immediately. The concern to disable the product dates back to 2006, when Symantec's PCAnywhere source code was stolen, ... but has never appeared in the open until now. Symantec says users running old versions of PCAnywhere could have their systems easily hijacked. A security bulletin on their site says that even the latest edition of PCAnywhere (version 12.5) is "at an increased security threat," and have urged customers to disable the software and ... (view more)

Wed
06
Apr
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Web Attacks Way Up, Says Symantec Report

According to a new report from security firm Symantec, the volume and complexity of web-based hacker attacks continues to grow. Symantec says the total daily number of online attacks actually jumped an incredible 93 per cent from 2009 to 2010. Also ... rising to concerning levels was the number of attacks launched upon mobile platforms. Symantec's findings come to us courtesy of the company's "Internet Security Threat Report," which was released on Tuesday. The findings were certainly eye-catching, including one report which suggests that hacking results in an average of 262,767 exploited ... (view more)

Mon
14
Mar
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Beware Fake Google Security Tool

Security firm Symantec says it's found a new and very fake Google "security program" designed to install malware on Google Android smartphones. Called the Android Market Security Tool, the fake software is actually a repackaged Google-built tool ... with origins in the Far East. Symantec discovered the fake tool last Wednesday. It actually imitates a program of the same name released by Google last week and was found in Chinese markets not sanctioned by the search giant. (Source: symantec.com ) Fake Security Software a Clever Ploy by Malware Designers Symantec says it's all a very ... (view more)

Wed
08
Dec
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Symantec: File-Sharing, Social Web Target PCs for Spam Botnets

While it is no secret that spam and botnet attacks are becoming more sophisticated with each passing day, there are a number of advanced security software programs that have been able to effectively combat malware in most of its forms. In spite of ... these positive strides, Symantec recently revealed new information that suggests botnets are adapting new methods of attacking computers. In short, a botnet is a jargon term used to describe a network of computers under the control of 1 (or few) users. For example, a PC can become part of a botnet when the primary user inadvertently download and ... (view more)

Fri
20
Aug
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Fake Antivirus Forces User Uninstall of Legit A/V

Hackers are running a new social engineering scheme that tricks users into uninstalling their legitimate anti-virus program protecting their computer, and using a rogue product instead. Those behind the duping scheme have leveraged a clone of the ... CoreGuard (fake) Antivirus product and relabeled it as AnVi Antivirus. Both products are rogue. Rogue antivirus products have become a reoccurring problem for security companies, though one particular security software firm, Symantec, noted that this method of attack differs from rogue antivirus products of the past. Symantec, AVG, Microsoft ... (view more)

Fri
30
Apr
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Symantec Research Ousts Linux for Being Spam-Complacent

Symantec Message Labs has uncovered some interesting information in light of a new research project. Apparently, Linux computers are sending a disproportionate amount of spam in comparison to other operating systems. The news comes as a surprise, ... since Linux retains only a small market share. The research project consisted of Symantec taking a "snapshot" of spam rates from November 2009 through March 2010. This is done through a method called "passive fingerprinting" which involves analyzing the network traffic of a remote host, in turn revealing the operating system of that host. Linux's ... (view more)

Wed
24
Mar
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Symantec Ranks Cities by Cyber Crime Threat: Report

Security company Symantec recently compiled a list naming the 50 most dangerous cities in the United States for cyber crime. Some of the top entries are big surprises. The rankings are based on those cities Symantec determined were most susceptible ... to a cyber attack, and factor in the number of high-risk activities and crimes committed in a particular state and city. The study wasn't all just about where cyber attacks take place, however. The study also also investigated other factors -- for example, if a city has a high use of public wireless Internet or network access (WiFi), hosts many ... (view more)

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