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Hacker threatens to release Norton Antivirus source code

A computer hacker called 'Yama Tough' has said they will release the full source code for Symantec's Norton antivirus software.

"This coming Tuesday behold the full Norton Antivirus 1,7Gb src, the rest will follow," Yama Tough posted via Twitter, citing a lawsuit that had been filed against the company.

In the past week Yama Tough has released fragments of source code from Symantec products along with a cache of emails. The hacker says all the data was taken from Indian government servers.

Symanteck said that hackers had stolen a chunk of source code from a third party, but that the company's own network had not been breached.

The company described the code as several years old.

Company spokesman Cris Paden said Symantec had no additional information, "particularly with regards to any new claims Anonymous is making."

A proposed class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. earlier this week accuses Symantec of seeking to persuade customers to buy its products by scaring them with misleading information about the health of their computers. 

The lawsuit described Norton Utilities as a form of "scareware."

Symantec said it does not believe the suit has merit, and that it will vigorously defend the case.

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