Our security software is too dangerous

Insecurity outfit Symantec took the unusual step of advising customers to stop using one of its products.

Apparently PCAnywhere software which can be used for accessing remote PCs is a serious security risk after the source code was stolen.

To be fair the source code was stolen in 2006 so if anyone was going to be hacked they would have been a long time ago, but Symantec appears to be attempting to shut the stable door after the horse has bolted, calmed down, had an interesting career as a sports journalist, retired and spends its time reading the Daily Mail and watching that nice David Cameron on telly.

Symantec said it was only asking customers to temporarily stop using the product, until it releases an update to the software that will mitigate the risk of an attack.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald,  some customers would need to continue using the software for “business critical purposes”, but should make sure they were using the most recent version of the product and “understand the current risks”. In other words, don’t use it to look at your bank account.

PcAnywhere was bundled with some titles in Symantec’s Altiris line of software for managing corporate PCs and there are fewer than 50,000 customers using the stand-alone version of pcAnywhere.

It seemed only concerned about warning customers after a hacker who goes by the name YamaTough released the source code to its Norton Utilities PC software and had threatened to publish its widely used anti-virus programs.