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Symantec code theft: Hackers ‘attempted extortion’

Hackers tried to extort money in exchange for keeping source code private, security firm Symantec has said. It comes as hackers made public emails from law enforcement agents posing as a Symantec employee.

Officials pretended to be the security firm in order to “offer” the hackers $50,000 (£32,000). However, more source code has allegedly been released after negotiations apparently broke down. Symantec said it had contacted US law enforcement after being approached by the hackers last month. In a lengthy series of emails, law enforcement agents posed as a fake Symantec employee named Sam Thomas. The character was involved in lengthy email discussions with a hackers believed to be from India-based group the Lords of Dharmaraja, part of the wider Anonymous collective.

Agents, posing as Sam, told the hackers: “We can pay you $2,500 per month for the first three months.

“In exchange, you will make a public statement on behalf of your group that you lied about the hack (as you previously stated).
“Once that’s done, we will pay the rest of the $50,000 to your account and you can take it all out at once. That should solve your problem.”

At one point, the hackers suspected FBI involvement, writing: “say hi to FBI agents”.

Read full story on BBC News

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Last updated March 25, 2017 at 5:40 PM
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