Theft of Cisco IOS source code

At our cisco wireless course today, the topic of discussion was the possible theft of the source code to their router operating system IOS.
The register reports that according to Russian security portal SecurityLab, a hacker boasting he broke into Cisco’s internal network and nicked source code for some versions of Cisco’s IOS has posted a 2.5MB snippet onto an IRC channel as proof. Around 800MB of code relating to Cisco IOS 12.3 and 12.3t has reportedly been nicked. IOS 12.3 is the latest version of Cisco’s software, widely used home office, branch office and enterprise routers. IOS 12.3t is an earlier test version. Access to Cisco’s source code might make it easier for hackers to develop exploits.
If this is true I can see some troubling times ahead

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