pcanywhere Symantec warns customers to disable pcAnywhere software

Syamantec is warning customers to disable its pcAnywhere remote access software due to exposed vulnerabilities in it after hackers stole the source code.

Syamantec is warning customers to disable its pcAnywhere remote access software due to exposed vulnerabilities in it after hackers stole the source code.

 
The software, which is used by many business people to gain access to work computers while on the go, is now at risk of being exploited by hackers, despite the stolen code being six years old. The vulnerability is so severe that it could lead to hackers gaining remote access to a company's network, exposing customer and business information.
 
Symantec revealed earlier this month that a group calling themselves the Lords of Dharmaraja had taken its source code, but it initially claimed that none of its products were at risk. 
 
pcanywhere Symantec warns customers to disable pcAnywhere software
 
Now it has revealed that hackers have code for not just pcAnywhere, but also Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition, Norton Internet Security and Norton SystemWorks, some of its more popular anti-malware software. It claims that only pcAnywhere is vulnerable, but since it previously claimed that none of its products were at risk it could later find holes in its Norton range as well.
 
Symantec recommends that users disable the software and apply any and all updates it releases to fix the vulnerabilities.
 
It's ironic, of course, that software designed to protect a user and their PC is now a potentially huge security threat, and it's a big wakeup call for security firms about how easy it is to target them and their software.
 
Source: BBC