norton2012 Hackers wanted $50,000 for Symantec security software blueprints

Hackers who stole blueprints for Symantec's security and anti-malware software tried to extort a $50,000 ransom from the company, but the security firm refused to pay up.

Hackers who stole blueprints for Symantec's security and anti-malware software tried to extort a $50,000 ransom from the company, but the security firm refused to pay up.

 
The hacker group Lords of Dharmaraja stole the source code for many of Symantec's popular security software, including its Norton anti-virus range and its business remote access software pcAnywhere, which the company has since told users to disable.
 
The hackers contacted what they thought was a Symantec employee, demanding a $50,000 payment in return for the stolen source code, but the emails were actually being monitored by law enforcement officials as part of their investigation into the theft and now extortion attempt.
 
norton2012 Hackers wanted $50,000 for Symantec security software blueprints
 
This latest turn of events came to light after the hackers released the email exchange on Pastebin, where it shows the fake Symantec employee offering to pay the money, but only at a later date. The hackers said they were not planning to accept the money, but that the bribe offer was an attempt to humiliate the company. They said they would release the code into the wild soon.
 
The version of the software in the hands of hackers is from 2006, which Symantec believes is obsolete and presents no security threat, but it originally thought that about pcAnywhere and was forced to change its stance as the security holes became clearer. Since then it has released patches that fix those vulnerabilities.
 
Source: Reuters