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Symantec’s pcAnywhere software could very well turn into “virusAnywhere” due to a potential security breach made by Anonymous.

Symantec, the anti-virus software company, warned users of pcAnywhere, a tool that allows for remote access to your computer, to disable the software. Symantec revealed in a white paper that Anonymous stole pcAnywhere’s source code in 2006 and could use that information to create vulnerabilities:

Upon investigation of the claims made by Anonymous regarding source code disclosure, Symantec believes that the disclosure was the result of a theft of source code that occurred in 2006.

The company is working on a set of updates and patches to fix the vulnerability issue even though Anonymous — as far as we know — hasn’t capitalized on it yet. The source code could let malicious users build exploits and attacks targeted at pcAnywhere users to reveal session information, PC Mag reported.

This is not the first time a Symantec product has been compromised, PC Mag pointed out:

In early January, Symantec confirmed that source code used in its older enterprise antivirus products was stolen. Hacker group the “Lords of Dharmaraja” of India had threatened to publish the code online. Although the code dated back to 1999, security expert Alex Horan of CORE Security Technologies said there was still potential for harm.

For users that insist on accessing pcAnywhere, Symantec recommends having the latest version of the software installed to prevent as much damage as possible.

Anonymous is proving to be an international force, not only attacking sites for fun but acting like a kind of digital watch dog. When Megaupload was shut down amid the SOPA and PIPA controversies, alleged members of Anonymous went after SOPA supporters and even the State Department website. Members of Anonymous had previously gone after banks and big business during the financial crisis and even targeted child porn sites. It’s unclear how and why Anonymous would use Symantec’s pcAnywhere source code but hopefully it would be for good and not ill.

What do you think of Anonymous going after Symantec’s source code? Are you a pcAnywhere user? What will you do? Sound off in the comments.


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The controversial Internet hacking group known as “Anonymous” created this retrospective video commemorating a tumultuous year in the world of anarchy and subversive activism. Its “LulzXmas” video is a complicated and picture-packed montage of mayhem, where the group’s point of view doesn’t exactly come into sharp focus, but you can get an idea of what sort of year some of its members think we’ve just gone through.

The group doesn’t speak with one voice. It consists of many free spirits who want to change the world and are willing to employ a variety of digital methods — both constructive and destructive, and often just mischievous — to make that happen. Here’s how the group announced the video in a tweet:

“@YourAnonNews: ANONYMOUS LULZXMAS VIDEO: http://t.co/rSqwQ3Gg We made a list, checked it twice. Gonna find out what companies have been naughty…not nice.”

From the video’s eerie beginning with its “We do not forgive and we do not…forget” motif, to the tweet with its ominous warning to companies that haven’t been “nice,” to its final admonition to “prepare yourself for 2012,” Anonymous has certainly enshrouded itself in mystery and foreboding.

Do you think Anonymous should be the ones policing corporate behavior? Is civil disobedience the best way to get things done in today’s world? What did you think of this video?

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Hacker collective Anonymous is preparing to launch its own social network called AnonPlus. The move comes after Google banned Anonymous’s Google+ account called “Your Anon News” due to a violation of its community standards.

Details about the project are scarce. Currently, AnonPlus.com is merely a splash page, containing a message that explains the group’s motives behind the project. “Welcome to the Revolution,” it says, “a new social network where there is no fear…of censorship…of blackout…nor of holding back”.

Another message on the site explains that the project is for “all people not just anonymous,” adding that the actual site will go up soon but it will not happen overnight.

A link to the developer forum, where a possible user interface and design ideas are discussed, shows that the project is indeed in a very early stage.

A somewhat similar project, Diaspora, aimed to create an open-source social network as an answer to Facebook. After launching in late 2010, however, there has been no significant news about the project.

[via Wired]

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