Following claims made by a group of hackers from India who has managed to steal the source code belongs to Symantec's Norton, the antivirus companies immediately begin an investigation into the matter. Symantec has analyzed it and said that one document dated 28 April 1999 contains details on the Application Programming Interface has indeed been 'lost, but no source code in the document.
The company also found that some of the source code of two security products, Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0 and Symantec Antivirus 10.2 is made available publicly through online. "Symantec could confirm that the segment of the source code used in the two old products our company has been accessed, one of which has been discontinued," said Symantec.
"The code is taken, is a long document about four or five years ago, but this does not affect Symantec's Norton products for our consumer customers," he added. The company also claims that the code was not stolen through a breach of the network, but perhaps at the expense of the network from a third party entity.
Previously reported, a group of hackers called 'The Lord of Dharmaraja" claims to have stolen the source code and documentation from the Symantec server Indian intelligence agencies. Theft is also in conjunction with the intellectual property of other software companies that have contracts with the government of India.