Symantec starts a non-destructive reformat

Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2014 - 09:30 AM |
Tagged: symantec, security, norton, billions

Symantec is splitting its self down the middle, with one side focusing on their antivirus and security products, which apparently still sell and are not just bundled with new laptops and computers, and the other handling information management.  Considering they made nearly $7 billion last year someone must be buying their software and even more shocking they must be renewing the license which came with the new machine. Those commenting on Slashdot immediately tried to help Norton out by suggesting that one side should create and spread viruses while the other should come in like a white knight and slay them.  That would certainly make it a more interesting read; even so the fact that Symantec is still alive and prospering is enough of a shock for a Friday morning.

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"Symantec announced plans on Thursday to split into two separate, publicly traded companies – one focused on security, the other focused on information management. The company's security business generated $4.2 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2014 while its information management business meanwhile hit revenues of $2.5 billion. "As the security and storage industries continue to change at an accelerating pace, Symante c's security and IM businesses each face unique market opportunities and challenges," Symantec CEO Michael A. Brown, who officially took over as CEO last month, said in a statement."

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With the growing cellular bandwidth, maybe your phone can join a botnet too?

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2012 - 09:50 AM |
Tagged: symantec, 4g, cell phone, fud

While this could be a bid to convince people that they need to purchase an anti-virus product for their phones, it is also possible that the increase in bandwidth expected from the roll out of 4G in North America could lead to increased attacks on phones.  If Windows 7.5 and 8 become popular, it is reasonable to assume that phones running those OSes will be vulnerable to the same types of attacks that would infect their desktop equivalents. Now that phones often sport four cores, sometimes with a companion, they actually have enough processing power that they might worth infecting especially with the added bandwidth that would be available to them.  Take a peek at The Inquirer and see if you think this is a valid concern or just an attempt to sell Norton Cellular Protector.

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"THE ROLLOUT OF 4G later this year could give way for more high-risk mobile security implications, Symantec has warned.

Speaking to The INQUIRER in an exclusive interview today, the firm's security strategist, Sian John said that threats such as botnets seen in popular desktop operating systems such as Windows could start shifting to mobile devices due 4G's new capabilities."

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Source: The Inquirer

Symantec users beware

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2012 - 09:56 AM |
Tagged: symantec, norton antivirus, fud, PCanywhere

It took 5 years and a threat by a hacker group for Symantec to admit that they were successfully hacked and source code to some of their software was stolen.  As the threat was never delivered upon it is possible that the hacker group may have had nothing to do with the original hack but were more interested in having Symantec admit to the breach.  Current Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition, Norton Internet Security or Norton Systemworks users should not worry, the source code is so old that possessing it will not give you the ability to affect current software.  PC Anywhere users on the other hand might be at increased risk if they left the installation on default settings; according to The Inquirer Symantec will be contacting PC Anywhere customers to ensure they know about the attack and how to change their settings to minimize any risks.

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"SECURITY VENDOR Symantec has admitted that its servers were successfully hacked and Norton antivirus and other software source code was stolen.

At the beginning of this month the firm acknowledged that some of its source code was obtained from a third party but said that would not affect Norton antivirus users. However, it now admits that an attack in 2006 obtained source code for other software, which could put its customers at risk."

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Source: The Inquirer