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Symantec Buys SecurityFocus, among others....
From: full-disclosure () lists netsys com (Jack)
Date: Sat, 20 Jul 2002 13:43:39 -0000
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From: Bela Lubkin
To: full-disclosure () lists netsys com
Sent: Saturday, July 20, 2002 4:44 AM
Subject: Re: [Full-disclosure] Symantec Buys SecurityFocus, among
Meanwhile, I haven't heard that Symantec has actually _done_ anything
that would harm bugtraq.
Yet. What will happen is:
1. All approved messages will now contain commercial .sigs: "BUY
NORTON ANTIVIRUS 50% OFF!!!"
2. Further down the road, the moderators and co-founders of
securityfocus will have a fall out with the
top brass of Symantec. They'll be replaced by Symantec newsgroup
3. Even further down the road, Symantec will take a beating in the
markets. They'll scramble how to generate revenue. Bugtraq,
subscriber based for a fee, vuln datatabase, fee based et cetra
the list goes on.
Why should something as important and as valuable as bugtraq
remains "free"? Symantec didn't buy it for 75 million just to "give
it away to everyone".
"'SecurityFocus has developed the world's most comprehensive and up-
to-date database of vulnerabilities available. Symantec will continue
to license the Vulnerability Database to security product vendors,
managed service providers and other organizations that use it to
create powerful new security products and services for their
"'By monitoring almost 11,000 distinct versions of more than 2,700
products from 1,300 vendors, SecurityFocus provides proactive,
customized alert services for environment-specific vulnerabilities
and malicious code alerts.'"
You're all working for Symantec now. Going rate: nothing
- Symantec Buys SecurityFocus, among others...., (continued)