Symantec: Disable your pcAnywhere software


Symantec is telling IT departments to disable its remote access software solution pcAnywhere after a source code leak meant the product faced an "increased security risk."

The security giant said it was reaching out to customers to warn them of additional dangers, after it admitted source code relating to various products was stolen.

Hacktivist group Anonymous had threatened to release Symantec source code earlier this month, leading the Norton provider to admit a breach in 2006 had compromised information.

Symantec recommends disabling the product until we release a final set of software updates.

Prior to today's revelation, Symantec had simply asked IT departments to ensure best practices with pcAnywhere use. The reviewed advice indicates the 2006 hack exposed more than initially thought.

"Symantec has taken an aggressive position to ensure pcAnywhere customers are protected. At this time, Symantec recommends disabling the product until we release a final set of software updates that resolve currently known vulnerability risks," a spokesperson said.

"For customers that require pcAnywhere for business critical purposes, it is recommended that customers understand the current risks, ensure pcAnywhere 12.5 is installed, apply all relevant patches as they are released, and follow general security best practices."

From the 2006 hack, affected products include old versions of Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition, Norton Internet Security, Norton SystemWorks (Norton Utilities and Norton GoBack), as well as pcAnywhere. Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) 11.0 and Symantec AntiVirus 10.2 also inherited a very small amount of exposed code.

Tom Brewster

Tom Brewster is currently an associate editor at Forbes and an award-winning journalist who covers cyber security, surveillance, and privacy. Starting his career at ITPro as a staff writer and working up to a senior staff writer role, Tom has been covering the tech industry for more than ten years and is considered one of the leading journalists in his specialism.

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