Articles about Symantec

Dell EMC Frankenstein's Monster

Two top EMCers bail from Dell EMC

Two of EMC's most senior product line executives have resigned, deciding that Michael Dell's Dell Technologies and the David Goulden-run Dell EMC business unit is not their ideal future workplace. The two are Core Technologies Division President Guy Churchward and Emerging Technologies Division President CJ Desai. Churchward …
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2016

Veritas lays off a third of its sales staff – merry Christmas, everyone!

Veritas has axed 30 percent of its sales staff in the US and Europe, The Register has learned. The data security biz was spun out of Symantec and entered private ownership just after the turn of the year. The company is based in Mountain View, California, and employs about 7,000 people. We asked Veritas about this festival …
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2016
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In EU, Veritas: Post-Symantec firm flogs data protection 'safety' to biz

Veritas has announced a major release of NetBackup, v8.0, and says it's ready to help businesses respond to the 2017 EU General Data Protection Regulations. The firm has been spun out of Symantec, energised under new ownership and management to develop and sell its products into today's heterogeneous and hybrid on-premises/ …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2016
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Shamoon malware returns to again wipe Saudi-owned computers

Thousands of computers in Saudi Arabia's civil aviation agency and other Gulf State organisations have been wiped by the Shamoon malware after it resurfaced some four years after wiping thousands of Saudi Aramco workstations. Security firms FireEye, CrowdStrike, McAfee, PaloAlto, and Symantec reported on the advanced sabotage …
Darren Pauli, 02 Dec 2016
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Speaking in Tech: 'You idiot - you could've done that in 3 clicks'

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week Greg and Ed are joined by Podcast Idol loser Josh Atwell as they dive into VMware’s new podcast, social hour in the Valley, Slack, Life Lock and the fallout from the US Presidential election for the tech industry. The Details… (0:00) Podcast Idol loser, Josh …
Team Register, 23 Nov 2016

Hospital info thief malware puts itself into a coma to avoid IT bods

A Trojan targeting US healthcare organizations attempts to avoid detection by going to sleep for prolonged periods after initial infection, security researchers warn. Symantec estimates that thousands of organizations have been hit by the Gatak Trojan since 2012. The malware is programmed to spread aggressively across an …
John Leyden, 22 Nov 2016

Veeam kicks Symantec's ass over unpatentable patents

Veeam has defeated two four-year-old legal challenges from Symantec, initiated before Symantec split from Veritas and its data protection software. Symantec claimed Veeam was infringing Symantec patents back in 2012. The big bad S referred to several patents in its claims: An '086 patent refers to a virtual machine backup …
Chris Mellor, 22 Nov 2016

Symantec doubles down on consumer security by buying LifeLock

Symantec has bought identity theft protection firm LifeLock for $2.3bn. The deal, announced Sunday, represents a brave bid by Symantec to shore up a consumer security business eroded by dwindling anti-virus sales. Selling Norton consumer security alongside identity protection and remediation services from LifeLock will enable …
John Leyden, 21 Nov 2016
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Dropbox upgrade adds nice bits for sysadmins

Sysadmins need a "nice" user experience, and Daniel Iversen, head of solution architects for Dropbox Asia Pacific, told The Register that was in mind when the company pushed out a bunch of new admin capabilities. In other words: this is “not about a feature race”, he said, rather a more deliberate – and staged – upgrade …
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School cyber safety spiel shows smut to 'Strayan students

ENTIRELY SFW VID A school cyber safety spiel delivered by Symantec's Norton brand at Australia's Robina High School has resulted in smut being displayed to the assembled students. The talk was hosted by Symantec security bod Nick Savvides and featured former NFL footballer Jarryd Hayne, who used social media to good effect when making the move …
Team Register, 07 Nov 2016
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Hax0rs sow Discord by using VoIP service to sling malware at gamers

Hackers abused a free VoIP service for gamers to distribute remote-access Trojans and other malware. Miscreants took to Discord and distributed malicious programs including NanoCore, njRAT, SpyRAT to gamers using the chat servers, but that was just one aspect of a wider pattern of abuse. Symantec discovered some groups were …
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2016
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Hackers pop 6000 sites on active 18-month carding bonanza

Hackers have installed skimming scripts on more than 6000 online stores and are adding 85 each day in a wide-scale active operation that may have compromised hundreds of thousands of credit cards. Dutch developer Willem de Groot found the malware infecting stores running vulnerable versions of the Magento ecommerce platform. …
Darren Pauli, 13 Oct 2016

Second hacking group targets SWIFT-connected banks

A second group of hackers – Odinaff – has broken into the SWIFT system, the fulcrum of the global financial payments system. Odinaff were found to be using the same approach as those who stole $81m from the Bangladesh central bank earlier this year. Attacks involving the Odinaff trojan and associated tools appear to have …
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2016
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Securing Office 365? There's always more you can do

Wherever you look there's yet another SME or enterprise migrating to Office 365. This says a lot for the attractiveness of cloud-based office suites, and perhaps it also says something about the attractiveness of letting someone else look after one's SharePoint and Exchange servers rather than having to fight with their …
Dave Cartwright, 06 Oct 2016

Symantec patches AV hole

Symantec has issued a fix for a vulnerability that could cause its security tools to crash or be potentially hijacked by malware. If the software scans a booby-trapped RAR archive, it can wind up attempting to execute code smuggled within, we're told. The decomposer engine used for antivirus protection in 18 different Symantec …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Sep 2016
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Kaspersky Ireland R&D haus

Kaspersky Lab is opening a new R&D office in Ireland. With an initial investment of close to $5m, Kaspersky plans to create 50 new Dublin-based roles in the next three years. The new office will focus mainly on developing data analysis and machine learning technologies for the firm’s enterprise product line-up. The Russian …
John Leyden, 07 Sep 2016
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Buckeyed cyberspies' switch

Cyberespionage group Buckeye has switched targets from the US to Hong Kong. Buckeye (also known as APT3, Gothic Panda, UPS Team or TG-0110) is a longstanding hacking group group that has been together for at least seven years. Buckeye is blamed for using a remote access Trojan (Backdoor.Pirpi) in attacks against a US …
John Leyden, 07 Sep 2016
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FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption

FBI Director James Comey is gathering evidence so that in 2017 America can have an "adult" conversation about breaking encryption to make crimefighters' lives easier. Speaking at Tuesday's 2016 Symantec Government Symposium in Washington, Comey banged on about his obsession with strong cryptography causing criminals to "go …
Iain Thomson, 31 Aug 2016
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Snowden says Russia ‘probably responsible’ for NSA hack

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden reckons Russia is the most likely suspect behind the leak of advanced hacking tools allegedly stolen from an elite NSA hacking unit. He postulates a complex motive for the leak involving gaining diplomatic leverage that wouldn’t look out of place in a modern retelling of a John le Carré novel. …
John Leyden, 18 Aug 2016
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Shark bosses sink teeth into booming ransomware market

Cybercrooks are harnessing the “ransomware-as-a-Service” (RaaS) business model to mount a new scam. Coders distributing a ransomware builder to aspiring attackers that can be used on condition that a 20 per cent cut of any ransom payments it generates is returned to the original coders. The “Shark” ransomware is being …
John Leyden, 17 Aug 2016
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Imperva under pressure to find buyer after disappointing results

An activist investor is reportedly pushing data centre security firm Imperva to find a buyer following disappointing financial results. Cisco Systems, IBM, Raytheon or Symantec are touted as potential suitors of the Israeli entrepreneur-founded firm, which markets Web Application Firewalls and DDoS mitigation services. …
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2016
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Instagram hackers add porn links and snaps to pwned accounts

Crooks have put together a smut-themed scam campaign targeting Instagram users. Affected users’ profiles have been altered with sexually suggestive imagery to lure their followers to adult dating sites, Symantec warns. Attackers changed the Instagram account pictures and biographies to material plugging x-rated sites, earning …
John Leyden, 10 Aug 2016
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Eye of Sauron-themed trojan targets Russia, Sweden

A previously unknown group called Strider has been conducting cyberespionage-style attacks against selective targets in Russia, China, Sweden, and Belgium. Strider uses an advanced piece of malware known as Remsec to conduct its attacks. Remsec creates a back door on an infected computer - establishing a means to log …
John Leyden, 08 Aug 2016

World's lamest ransomware authors won't answer fake tech support line

Symantec malware manglers Sam Kim and "Val S" have spent 90 minutes on the phone to ransomware purveyors while researching a new variant that encrypts PCs through fake Windows 10 activation dialogues. Kim and "S" ran out of patience and money waiting for the net menaces to answer their call placed to a phone number listed on …
Darren Pauli, 08 Aug 2016
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.security .TLD .launches

Infosec-related top level domains .security and .protection are up for sale with large vendors already moving in. FireEye, Symantec, Microsoft, and IBM have all bought space with the first-mentioned buying .security and .protection domains for FireEye and Mandiant products. Symantec shelled out for office365.protection and IBM …
Darren Pauli, 08 Aug 2016
Tarah Wheeler

Symantec appoints first cybersecurity czar to woo hacking talent

DEF CON Hardcore hackers and the corporate security industry have never really got on that well. Symantec is looking to change that after hiring Tarah Wheeler to act as its website cybersecurity czar. Wheeler has a long career in the IT industry, including stints at Microsoft and Blackphone-maker Silent Circle. Both of her parents …
Iain Thomson, 06 Aug 2016
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Zero-day hole can pwn millions of LastPass users, all that's needed is a malicious site

Updated A dangerous zero-day vulnerability has been found in popular cloud password vault LastPass, which The Register has been told can completely compromise user accounts. Many millions of people can right now be compromised by merely visiting a malicious website using Firefox with LastPass's software installed, we understand. This …
Darren Pauli, 27 Jul 2016
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CMO finds new berth at F5

F5 Networks has recruited an ex-Veritas CMO to be its own chief marketing officer. Ben Gibson became Veritas CMO in June last year, joining from a CMO position at Aruba Networks in January 2011. Gibson will be responsible for overseeing the company’s global marketing strategy as F5 further expands into the growth areas of …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2016
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Tinder porn scam: Swipe right for NOOOOOO I paid for what?

Crooks on Tinder are using online safety as a lure to trick users into unwittingly paying for adult content. Automated spam bots masquerading as Tinder users are supposedly tricking other users of the mobile dating app into visiting a malicious third-party website to “verify their profiles”. “The spam bots instruct the user …
John Leyden, 25 Jul 2016
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Data protection biz Arcserve fattens exec ranks with 3 new veeps

CA spinout and private equity-owned Arcserve is growing revenues at double digits, and has hired four new execs to sharpen its finance side, spin out more and better products and keep its channel business growing. Oussama El-Hilali becomes VP of Products, responsible for managing research and development, product strategy and …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2016
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Microsoft and pals re-write arms control pact to save infosec industry

Microsoft and a team of concerned engineers from across the security sector have joined forces to suggest a major re-write of the arms control pact the Wassenaar Arrangement, as they fear the document's terms are a threat tot he information security industry. The pitch is the result of brainstorming by the group to redefine …
Darren Pauli, 21 Jul 2016

Everyone's favorite infosec biz – Blue Coat – must cough up $40m to rival in patent rip-off row

Blue Coat has lost its appeal challenging a nearly $40m patent infringement lawsuit brought by rival security company Finjan. The California Northern District Court upheld the 2015 jury decision awarding $39,528,487 to Finjan for infringement by Blue Coat on five of its patents: 6,804,780 identifying downloadable files 6, …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2016

Flaws found in security products from AVG, Symantec and McAfee

Updated Hundreds of security products may not be up to the job, researchers say, thanks to flawed uses of code hooking. The research is the handiwork of EnSilo duo Udi Yavo and Tommer Bitton, who disclosed the bugs in anti-virus and Windows security tools ahead of their presentation at the Black Hat Las Vegas conference next month. …
Darren Pauli, 20 Jul 2016

Carbon Black snaps up cloud-dwelling threat-sniffing 'next-gen AV'

Endpoint security firm Carbon Black has bought "next-generation antivirus" firm Confer. Financial terms of the deal, announced today, were undisclosed. Carbon Black plans to re-badge Confer’s security software as “Cb Defense” and offer it alongside its existing roster of application control, incident response, and threat …
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2016
Bank vault

BAE Systems partners with SWIFT to bolster hacker intel

BAE Systems has been recruited to help SWIFT's newly formed Customer Service Intelligence team in a bid to get ahead of cyber-criminals targeting banks connected to the global financial messaging service. The announcement follows the analysis and identification of malware that BAE Systems’ threat intelligence team was able to …
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2016
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The History Boys: Object storage ... from the beginning

Backgrounder This is a terrific object storage history map from Silicon Valley object storage guy Philippe Nicolas*, who has put together a spreadsheet detailing the history of content-addressable storage (CAS**) – otherwise generally known as object storage. I have heard so many odd things about suppliers and technologies in this market …
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Android malware blocks bank calls

Cybercrooks have put together a fake banking application that blocks victims’ outgoing calls to customer service. The Fakebank trojan blocks calls in order to stop victims from cancelling their stolen payment cards. The Android nasty is automatically programmed to cancel calls from being placed. Victims can, of course, use …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2016

Symantec, Intel carve out diminishing slice of growing security market

Worldwide security software revenues rose 3.7 per cent to reach $22.1bn in 2015, according to analyst Gartner. Security information and event management (SIEM) remained the fastest-growing sub segment of the cybersecurity biz last year, experiencing 15.8 per cent growth. By contrast, consumer security software recorded a 5.9 …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2016
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Veritas backup appliance sees red

Veritas has upgraded its 5200 deduplicating backup appliance line from the 5230 to the 5240, increasing both capacity and also speed through having faster processors. It has also lowered the energy consumption, increased the number of networking ports, and altered the wavy line scrolling across the bezel from yellow to red. …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2016

Avast woos AVG shareholders with $1.3bn buyout offer

Avast is offering to buy anti-virus rival AVG for $1.3bn. AVG shareholders are being offered $25.00 per share in cash, a 33 per cent mark-up on the closing share price on Wednesday. AVG, Avast and rival Avira are the three main players in the market for freebie anti-virus scanners for Windows. All make their money by offering …
John Leyden, 07 Jul 2016
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Attention, small biz using Symantec AV: Smash up your PCs, it's the safest thing to do

If you're using Symantec's Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition (SEP SBE) then you can forget about security for a week or so, as the company won't be patching the "as bad as it gets" security holes in its software for a while. A Register reader who wishes to remain anonymous received an email from Symantec confirming …
Iain Thomson, 06 Jul 2016
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OSNEXUS: Storage upstart that funded itself before gaining angel wings

Take one ambitious Citrix engineering director who wanted to start his own storage company, sprinkle in $2m of angel funding and seven years later you find a IBM SoftLayer-blessed 20-person startup competing with DataCore. Nexenta and $100m+ funding, and other VC-backed software-defined storage vendors. How did that happen? …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jul 2016
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Brexit-themed spam surges

Symantec has uncovered a fivefold (392 per cent) increase in spam emails that use Brexit as a news hook. Cybercriminals have latched onto Brexit as a theme simply because it’s topical and likely to get the attention of prospective marks. These lures are ultimately geared towards tricking people into divulging sensitive …
John Leyden, 05 Jul 2016
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Zero-interaction remote wormable hijack hole blasts Symantec kit

Scores (or thousands, or millions) of enterprise and home Symantec users are open to remote compromise through multiple now-patched (where possible) wormable remote code execution holes described by Google as 'as bad as it gets'. The flaws are "100 percent" reliable against Symantec's Norton Antivirus and Endpoint according to …
Darren Pauli, 29 Jun 2016

SWIFT hackers nick $10m from Ukraine bank

Hackers stole $10m from a Ukrainian bank by – yup, you guessed it – invading its computers and using the inter-bank transfer system SWIFT to shift their loot. The theft from an unnamed Ukrainian bank follows news of cyber-heists at other banks worldwide, most notoriously the lifting of $81m from an account held in New York …
John Leyden, 28 Jun 2016
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Nuclear goes boom

Shake-ups at the top of the exploit kit world continue, with news the world's two top pop boxes have disappeared. Exploit kits are the all-in-one commercial crime offerings through which specifically vulnerable users can be targeted with a barrage of constantly updated and occasionally zero-day attacks. Victims subject to …
Darren Pauli, 28 Jun 2016
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Intel mulls sale of Intel Security – reports

Opinion Intel is reportedly looking to offload its Intel Security arm. The IT giant is investigating options for Intel Security cyber security business, the FT reports. These options include selling off the security software business formerly known as McAfee that the chip-maker bought for $7.7bn back in August 2010. Intel is yet to …
John Leyden, 27 Jun 2016

Man-in-the-middle biz Blue Coat bought by Symantec: Infosec bods are worried

Analysis Symantec’s deal to to buy Blue Coat, the controversial web filtering firm, for $4.65bn will bolster its enterprise security business. But some security experts are concerned about the potential for conflict of interest created by housing Symantec’s digital certificate business and Blue Coat’s man-in-the-middle SSL inspection …
John Leyden, 14 Jun 2016
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MBE? Pah! Gartner gurus made us an MQ L

Gartner’s magic quadrant-producing gurus have awarded Commvault the data centre backup and recovery Iron Throne. They have also added Veeam to the Leader’s quadrant and severely pruned the niche player section, following a market criteria review, in "response to Gartner client requests to focus more on backup and recovery …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2016
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Hackers targeting SWIFT banks also targeted US moneymen: Hedge funds at risk

The Lazarus Group of hackers, blamed for a recent run of attacks against mainly Asian banks linked through the SWIFT network, is now suspected of targeting a mid-market US bank. Evidence uncovered by threat detection firm eSentire suggests that the Lazarus crew (which is also the chief suspect in the 2014 Sony Pictures hack) …
John Leyden, 13 Jun 2016