Hackers accused of trying to blackmail Symantec

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One of the hackers, part of a group called Lords of Dharmaraja and affiliated with Anonymous, told Reuters that he never intended to take the money.

"We tricked them into offering us a bribe so we could humiliate them," the hacker claimed.

In recent weeks, the hacker has posted pieces of source code to Symantec's popular anti-virus software, Norton Utilities, online.

Symantec said it has updated its software since the 2006 breach and there is no risk to consumers even if the full source code is released.