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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Software Firm Hacked

CUPERTINO, California -- Like firefighters turning their hoses on arsonists inside their own firehouse, Symantec Corp. repulsed hackers who infiltrated the leading anti-virus software company.

The hackers posted a message on Symantec's web site early Monday, threatening to disarm the company by unleashing a worm, or a mutating line of destructive code sent via e-mail.

Symantec employees in the Netherlands noticed the threat after about an hour and called executives in San Jose, California, who deleted the message and repulsed the contagion with Symantec's security software, spokesman Richard Saunders said.

The FBI is investigating.