Symantec Security Flaws May Actually Help Hackers

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A recent federal warning cautions web users that the widely-used security tools by Symantec, including Norton antivirus products, could lead to users’ computers being hacked. Ironically, security flaws such as these are a widespread problem among security software, beyond the Symantec brand. In light of the news, the company has issued new updates to remedy the problems.

Key Takeaways:

  • According to industry trackers at OPSWAT, Symantec is the fifth most popular anti-malware software.
  • The security flaws in Symantec’s products are particularly embarrassing for a tech giant.
  • CreditUnionTimes reports that in April, Symantec was warned by Ormandy about the problem but only last week the company issued some fixes.

“Symantec apps are given intimate access to the inside of people’s computers in order to protect its customers and the flaws exploit that very trust.”

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