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Symantec Acquisition of SecurityFocus Completed

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Aug. 6, 2002 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that the acquisition of SecurityFocus originally announced on July 17, 2002, has been completed. Symantec will now focus on integrating the SecurityFocus line of DeepSight Threat Management Systems and Alert Services into its existing Symantec Security Response organization, to provide customers with the most comprehensive, proactive early warning system across the broadest range of threats.

Symantec will continue to license the SecurityFocus 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 customers. In addition, Symantec will continue to manage the Bugtraq mailing list and the online security community under the SecurityFocus brand. It will continue to offer a forum for objective reporting by security experts on the latest IT threats and attacks as well as how to prevent security breaches.

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