For most of the year, employees of leading cyber-security firm Symantec work toward securing and managing their customers’ information.
This week, they took a break from that. They got to be the bad guys.
Four years ago, Symantec launched its annual CyberWar Games, an internal event that challenges employees to walk in the shoes of an attacker. The Games simulates an information security breach modeled after a high profile incident reported in the media, and employees experience the attack from start to finish as the malicious party.
While there’s certainly no shortage of cloud storage solutions to choose from, Norton Zone’s appeal -- on paper at least -- is the security it offers users. Content is encrypted when uploaded and stored in Symantec’s own secure data center, and the service automatically scans files for malware before they can be downloaded. As is fairly typical, you get 5GB of storage for free.
Or rather you did. Symantec has made the decision to discontinue Norton Zone and wind down support of the service over the next 30 to 60 days.
The senior VP of information security at security firm Symantec has said that anti-virus software is “dead”.
“We don't think of anti-virus as a money maker in any way," Brian Dye told the Wall Street Journal.
Security researchers are gradually raising warnings that the Internet of Things will increase, by multitudes, the number of things that can be hacked and attacked.
The Hitchcockian plotlines are endless. Replace The Birds with flying Amazon delivery drones. Or imagine, as researchers did recently at Black Hat, someone hacking your connected toilet, making it flush incessantly and closing the lid repeatedly and unexpectedly.
Symantec has announced that they've successfully taken down a significant part of the ZeroAccess botnet, by exploiting a weakness discovered in its code.
The ZeroAccess botnet has existed in one form or another since 2010, last September, security vendor Sophos reported that the executable for ZeroAccess had been downloaded approximately 9 million times, and Kindsight, a network-based security and analytics vendor, reported that 2.2 million home networks were infected by the botnet as of Q3 2012.