Source code theft in 2006 leaves remote control software vulnerable to 0-day threats.

Symantec tells users to disable PCAnywhere

Security software vendor Symantec has told customers to stop using the remote control software PCAnywhere based on a source code theft back in 2006.

Following claims by hacker group Anonymous, Symantec admitted that source code for a number of the firm’s security products had been accessed by an intruder. The software included Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition but Symantec said less than 5 per cent of Norton users were using this version.

The remote control software PCAnywhere is of rather more concern. The company said that other software had been updated since 2007 but PCAnywhere, it seems, has been left to languish which means that any security vulnerabilities are likely still there.

That means hackers with knowledge of those software flaws could then gain complete access to a computer system remotely.

"Our current analysis shows that all PCAnywhere 12.0, 12.1 and 12.5 customers are at increased risk, as well as customers using prior versions of the product," Symantec said in a release.

The also bundled with numerous Symantec products. The company said that users should avoid using the software for anything other than "business critical purposes".

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