Symantec Corporate Software Under Attack

"Worm attacks an exploit in the Symantec's corporate antivirus tool. Read on to find out more..."

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News <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> Posted 19/01/07
Author: PV5150
Source: ZDNET

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Symantec first dismissed the threat, but worm attacks that exploit a known security hole in the company's corporate antivirus tool are proving to be persistent. The attacks target computers running older versions of Symantec Client Security and Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition. Compromised systems are turned into remotely controlled zombies by the attacker and used to relay spam and other nefarious activities. Symantec's Norton consumer software is not affected.

"What we have been seeing in December and in the last week and a half is related to new variants of Spybot," Vincent Weafer, senior director of Symantec Security Response, said Tuesday. "We had a couple of versions of Spybot that went nowhere, but these ones found a way to propagate more effectively."

The Spybot variants break into computers through a known security hole in the widely used Symantec antivirus tools. When installed on a PC, Spybot opens a back door in the system and connects to an Internet Relay Chat server to let the remote attacker control the compromised computer. Spybot first surfaced in 2003 and has spawned many offshoots.

The first version of Spybot to exploit the Symantec security hole surfaced in November. This was followed in December by another pest dubbed Sagevo, or Big Yellow. Symantec initially dismissed both threats, stating that their impact was minimal. A fix for the flaw has been available since May 25, but it appears not all users have applied the fix. Unlike Symantec's consumer products, the corporate antivirus software doesn't include automatic product updates.

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18-01-2007, 19:32:56

Logitech Z-5500.

Had them over 16 months now and they have never skipped a beat.

They usually only sit around 10% volume though, its only really house party's where I really give them a thrashing :D

18-01-2007, 20:28:19

I have a Auzentech X-Plosion card with some Logitech Z-5500's.

18-01-2007, 21:07:26

PP Mguire
I have JBL Creature IIs for LAN parties (blow you on your butt loud for 40watts!!) and some PA speakers and amp for my house. I used to use all PA gear for a 5.1 setup in the living room but to much of a hassle.

18-01-2007, 21:25:02

Im using a set of Logitech Z-2300s, Good sound

18-01-2007, 22:37:08

Logi Z-5500's here, absolutely awesome setup for the price.

18-01-2007, 22:42:27

Logi X-530's on my end. I picked them up for a great price and I can't complain. I live in a townhouse so I gotta keep the tunes down but we will be getting a new house sometime soon. Which means that i can finally play my music without having to worry about who I'm annoying lol.

19-01-2007, 02:25:35

A rather large pair of Wharfedale's with 3x 10" woofers in each, and a Yamaha Sub


19-01-2007, 04:48:07

lol my tv i got my speakers ran into the vcr so i can watch movies on tv out and have sound i did have some 5.1 on floor connected to pc but i got tired of changing crap so i just use the tv now.

19-01-2007, 05:25:53

Mr. Smith
Hooked up the home cinema to the pc - don't know the model off the top of my head but it cost plenty enough lol. 5.1 surround sound, 400w sub, front lef&right and rear left&right standard, upgraded the centre to a £120 eltax bad boy :D

Think the total wattage is 700ish at the moment lol

Plenty loud ;)

19-01-2007, 08:00:00

Creative DTT 5200 (*I think is the number*)

One of the best purchases I`ve ever made, frankly.

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