June 14, 2021

Confusion over Lords of Dharmaraja Hackers

(LiveHacking.Com) – The hacking group calling itself “Lords of Dharmaraja” came into the spotlight a few days ago when it claimed it had a copy of the source for Norton Antivirus. Symantec, the makers of Norton Antivirus, quickly clarified the situation and confirmed that the hackers had a) only access to some API documentation and b) did have some source code, but it was for Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0 and Symantec Antivirus 10.2 which are both more than five years old.

What isn’t really appreciated is that this little known hacking group first came to the attention of authorities last year when it began posting documents including a memo that triggered a U.S. investigation into a possible cyber-attack by Indian military intelligence. It now appears as if that memo was fake, but the security breach was not.

Reuters has obtained a large digital cache what emails that were posted by the group before being taken down by sites like PasteBin. Many of these emails, which were sent between April and October of last year, were addressed to Bill Reinsch, a member of an official U.S. commission monitoring economic and cyber-security relations between the US and China. It now seems that the hackers created these memos simply to draw attention to their work, or to taint relations between India and the United States.

It is still unclear how Symantec’s source code ended up with the Lords of Dharmaraja.

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  1. whiteTiger says

    Hackers won’t tell you their secretes unless they plan to pin you. This story is something like a magician trick being reveled. It’s only relevant to those who believe. I stopped using Symantec anti-virus years ago when it couldn’t even isolate my thumb drive’s pesky virus brought home from my kids school….so what?