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Computer security firm Symantec extorted by hackers
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San Francisco (AFP) Feb 7, 2012

Computer security firm Symantec on Tuesday confirmed it tried to turn the tables on hackers who threatened to release stolen source code if a demand for $50,000 was not met.

An email exchange posted online at pastebin.com revealed how Symantec negotiated with "Yamatough," a supposed affiliate of hacker group Anonymous, to pay an extortion demand.

"The communications with the person(s) attempting to extort the payment from Symantec were part of the law enforcement investigation," the firm said in a released statement.

"Given that the investigation is still ongoing, we are not going to disclose the law enforcement agencies involved and have no additional information to provide."

No money ever changed hands.

Symantec recommended in January that users of its pcAnywhere software disable the product following the theft of source code from the California-based security firm.

Symantec subsequently said that the latest release of the software is defended from attack and released an upgrade to protect older versions.

Symantec, in a technical white paper posted in January on the firm's website, said the vulnerability to pcAnywhere, which allows for remote PC to PC connections, was the result of a 2006 theft of source code by hackers.

"We believe that source code for the 2006-era versions of the following products was exposed: Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition; Norton Internet Security; Norton SystemWorks (Norton Utilities and Norton GoBack); and pcAnywhere," Symantec said.

The only identified threat, however, was to pcAnywhere and not any of the Norton products.

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Security flaw exposed in home security cameras
Washington (AFP) Feb 7, 2012 - Trendnet, a maker of Web-connected home security cameras, has issued an update to fix a vulnerability that allows Internet users to spy on private video feeds.

The security hole, which was revealed nearly a month ago by a blog called Console Cowboys, allows for real-time online access to the home surveillance cameras without the need for a password.

Links to the live video feeds have been posted on Internet message boards such as 4chan and Reddit in recent weeks.

Trendnet addressed the problem in a statement on Monday.

"Trendnet has recently gained awareness of an IP camera vulnerability common to many Trendnet SecurView cameras," the Torrance, California-based firm said.

"It is Trendnet's understanding that video from select Trendnet IP cameras may be accessed online in real time," Trendnet said.

"Upon awareness of the issue, Trendnet initiated immediate actions to correct and publish updated firmware which resolves the vulnerability," it said.

In the statement, Trendnet listed 22 camera models sold since April 2010 which may have the vulnerability and provided a link to a site where camera owners can download a firmware fix.

"Trendnet is aware that this IP Camera security threat may affect your confidence in Trendnet solutions," the company said. "Trendnet extends its deepest apologies to consumers which may be impacted by this issue."


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Anonymous posts audio of FBI, Scotland Yard call
Washington (AFP) Feb 3, 2012
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