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Symantec fouled by spammers

In a development laced with irony, Symantec’s World Cup 2010 website has fallen victim to the same spam threats it’s constantly warning its own customers about.

The company unveiled its 2010 Net Threat site just before the start of the soccer spectacle, using it to detail a variety of World Cup-related information security threats.

However, Symantec was forced to shut down the comment system last Friday following a flood of comment spam linking readers to unsavoury sales offers from shoes to hotel rooms.

The comment system did not incorporate security features like “Captcha” and didn’t even require people posting comments to register.

News that spammers had breached Symantec’s website was first reported by information security website The H.

Symantec has since deleted all the comments, and locked down the system. It will not say how it fell victim to the attack, or when or if the comment system will be reopened with better security features.

The company is a prime target for online security attacks given the nature of its work.

Symantec reported earlier this week that World Cup-related spam was more than nine times higher than during the 2006 games held in Germany.  — Candice Jones, TechCentral


  1. Allow me to be the first to state that this article had almost nothing interesting about it at all.

    In a world full of the very worst and the very best humanity has to offer – massive constructions projects, rich history, mayhem and chaos, the rise of technology and the paradox of poverty, humans striving for both war and peace, gigantic ships, the macbook pro, cars, drug abuse, the airbus A380, hollandaise sauce, pedigreed dogs with no hair, physics, politics, new york mornings, the caesarian section, aspirin, web sites about web sites, premium rated SMS numbers, free market economies and inflation, the french, charles darwin, Heisenberg, social networks, application software and concepts so abstract only advances of a practically exponential nature could explain how we arrived where we are today, and where we came from.

    And a 8 paragraph article on how a Symantec PR site attracted comment spam.

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