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New From Symantec: Norton Antivizzle for PCizzle

Hip-hop star and noted role model Snoop Dogg is now lending his considerable moral authority to the fight against cybercrime. He’s teamed up with security software vendor Symantec (SYMC) to host an anti-cybercrime rap video contest.

Dubbed “Hack is Wack,” the competition invites aspiring law-loving lyricists to bust some malware rhymes on video for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to L.A. to see a Snoop concert and “meet with select members of Snoop Dogg’s management team,” plus every gangsta’s dream: A Toshiba laptop with full Norton security suite (word to your sysadmin, yo).

“We’re trying to get people to raise awareness by making a rap song about cybercrime,” Snoop Dogg told Security Week, noting that his brand will inevitably bring mass attention to this important issue. “Come on man, you know when my team come after you, we gonna get you.”

My God, what an unfortunate alliance this is. I had no idea street cred was so important to the antivirus software industry.

What the hell is Symantec’s PR team smoking, you ask?

Evidently some of the same stuff Snoop is so fond of.


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