Hacker steals Symantec anti-virus source code

January 7, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Security software giant, Symantec, may have to boost its own security after a hacker stole the source code for its anti-virus programs.

A spokesman for the Mountain View-based company confirmed the hack in an email Friday. However, it added the breach involves products that are four to five years old. They were the Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0 and Symantec AntiVirus 10.2. Symantec no longer sells the second product, but does continue to service it.

The spokesman says the hack does not affect the company's flagship Norton brand software for consumers.

KGO-TV SAN FRANCISCO, CA contributed to this report.