Symantec's hack headache

Symantec’s recent troubles with hacker YamaTough should be a wakeup call for anyone complacent enough to think that their system is secure.

The fact that a reputable security firm like Symantec now finds itself embroiled in a web of intrigue with a lone hacker and law enforcement officials shows you even the best can get caught napping.

YamaTough has released the source code for Symantec's pcAnywhere utility and there is a good chance that the source codes for the 2006 versions of Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition and Norton Internet Security are also going to be released. Symantec insists that its customers are not under any risk, but it’s not a good look for the company.  

Hackers and security firms have been playing cat and mouse ever since the 1970s, and this infographic by, courtesy of Technografy, is a handy primer on the history of hacking.

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