The one of the Anonymous members, Yamatough, demanded $50,000 for not spilling the code he hacked from Symantec. As usual, the stories can be read through the links. I rather thought it would be more helpful once we engage into the discussion about cyber crime, instead of “awesome hacking skills” of a hacker.
Yamatough is claiming that this whole episode was just a different fashion of what-so-called trolling. As far as I’m concerned, trolling does not include the definition of illegally blackmailing corporation. And threatening and negotiating over a month are not really in the domain of trolling. It’s more of a “blackmailing.”
Again, there are always different opinions. I would like respect those. There are thousands of people, urging to take an official announcement of Anonymous and Yamatough.
So here goes food for thought of the day: will you take “both side stories” of 9.11? Unlikely.
This is simply a problem of ethics. Yamatough insists he was doing a fundraiser for kids in India. See, if I was a CEO of Symantec would enjoy the news of good-skilled hacker, who have found a loophole in the security and backdoors left open, willing to ask for some help in fundraising. It could have been an incredible chance of PR, to donate some moneys in India, and hire him as a part of company. (He is good-skilled, that’s for sure) Do you who ruined the whole thing?
It didn’t necessarily have to end up like this. It could have been fireside story of 21st century. -R
CNET | An e-mail exchange revealing the extortion attempt posted to Pastebin today shows a purported Symantec employee named Sam Thomas negotiating payment with an individual named “Yamatough” to prevent the release of PCAnywhere and Norton Antivirus code.
Computer World | The deal went to hell in a hand basket, so now there’s high drama on the high cyber seas as 1.27 GB of Symantec source code set sail into the wild from The Pirate Bay.
Gawkers | This is pretty hard to believe, considering Yamatough negotiated over money for nearly a month, including working out such details as whether to use PayPal or Liberty Reserve to send the money. And Yamtough is a proven liar, having previously released fake Indian intelligence agency documents.
Gizmodo | This is not fighting for anyone’s rights. This is just trying to get money easily.
Reuters | Hackers sought $50,000 from U.S. anti-virus firm Symantec Corp in return for the stolen blueprints to its flagship products under what the company says was a sting operation run by an undisclosed law enforcement agency via emails.
Pirate Bay | Symantec’s pcAnywhere Leaked Source Code