If you’re using Symantec’s pcAnywhere you should probably stop

It’s interesting that it’s such an old theft, but still a concern. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives to choose from. #seb #computing #security #anonymous #hackers

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Symantec: Anonymous stole source code, users should disable pcAnywhere
Symantec has confirmed that the hacker group Anonymous stole source code from the 2006 versions of several Norton security products and the pcAnywhere remote access tool.

Although Symantec says the theft actually occurred in 2006, the issue did not come to light until this month when hackers related to Anonymous said they had the source code and would release it publicly. Users of the Norton products in question are not at any increased risk of attack because of the age of the source code an…

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Hackers are somehow managing to ban BF3 players on the PC

It’s bad enough that these assholes like to ruin games on the PC using wall hacks and aimbots, but now they’ve found a way to frame innocent players getting them banned via the PunkBuster anti-cheat system, which has long been considered a piss-poor solution to the problem and now appears to be a part of the problem.

I’ve never understood the appeal of ruining someone else’s enjoyment of a game by cheating at it and given how widespread the problem is you’d think that the companies would’ve come up with a way to negate or limit the ability of these assholes to engage in this behavior. But I suppose that with consoles pulling in the big bucks these days and the natural resistance those platforms have to hacks (you can’t run your own software in the background while the game plays) there’s little inclination to bother with the problem on the PC. #seb #videogames #cheating #hackers #assholes #bf3

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Hackers Brag That They’re Banning Innocent Battlefield 3 Users [Battlefield]
The people at the game-hacking site Artificial Aiming can’t stand the anti-cheat service Punkbuster, so they’re going on the offensive today.
They say they’re banning innocent Battlefield 3 users—”framing” them, as they put it—to show their disdain for Punkbuster, a service that PC players of the popular first-person shooter are compelled to install when they start the game.
The hackers have narrowed their target to Battlefield 3 users who are playing on servers that are tied into the cheat-d…

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One should be careful when playing with fire

… lest one get burned. #seb #computing #security #hackers

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Top German cop uses spyware on daughter, gets hacked in retaliation
Trojans—they're not just for hackers anymore. German police, for instance, love them; a scandal erupted in Parliament last year after federal investigators were found to be using custom spyware that could potentially record far more information than allowed by law. The story made headlines, but it lacked a certain sense of the bizarre.

Fortunately for connoisseurs of the weird, Der Spiegel revealed a stranger story in its magazine yesterday. According to the report, a top German security off…