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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Symantec pcAnywhere vulnerability compromises 200,000 systems

pcAnywhere by Symantec is remote control software used to remotely control one computer from another and is used by thousands of home and business users. As many as 200,000 corporate systems may have been taken over by cyber criminals as a result of recently discovered vulnerabilities in the pcAnywhere software according to security firm Rapid7.

Of the Internet connected systems vulnerable to attack, as many as 2.5%, were point of sales (POS) systems that process credit cards and are tied into back end systems. Most of the exposed systems found by Rapid7 were in the United States, China and Canada.

The company recently advised pcAnywhere users to disable the software until it could issue an update to patch vulnerabilities discovered after the software's code was stolen by hacker group Anonymous.

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