Hacker Releases Software Code

    A visitor exits the headquarters building of Symantec Corp. in Mountain View, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010. Intel Corp.' $7.68 billion purchase of McAfee Inc. may put pressure on rival Symantec Corp., the largest supplier of security software, to build hacker-thwarting technology inside corporate computers and forge new alliances to stay competitive. Sales will reach $16.5 billion this year in the global security software market according to Gartner Inc. Photographer: Tony Avelar/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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    A hacker calling himself YamaTough published the source code for security company Symantec's pcAnywhere technology, which allows users to access their computers remotely. The release followed email negotiations in which the hacker, part of a group called Lords of Dharmaraja and affiliated with Anonymous, promised to destroy the code in exchange for $50,000. The hacker, however, says he never intended to take the money, only to humiliate Symantec by releasing the negotiations. Symantec, for its part, says it was law-enforcement officials doing the negotiations in an attempt to track the hacker. Symantec says it expects the hackers to release the code for 2006 versions of Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition and Norton Internet Security, but says those codes are outdated.

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