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Attention Users of pcAnywhere Software

Symantec Advises Users to Turn Off pcAnywhere in Hack Aftermath

Symantec has advised customers to take their copies of pcAnywhere offline as the company continues to struggle with the aftermath of a major data breach. The company issued a whitepaper addressing new vulnerabilities in its remote access tool that were exploited by a recently publicized attack which allowed attackers to gain access to the application’s source code. The 2006 hack was recently brought to light by an Indian hacking team that is seeking to publicly distribute the code. Symantec has now determined a major update is necessary to protect users from any flaws revealed in the compromised source code. The company is advising users of pcAnywhere 12.5 to disable the remote management tool until an update is released. If users do not take their copies of the tool offline, the company warned attackers could possibly compromise systems and perform “man-in-the-middle” attacks that could result in the theft of user credentials and other network traffic.