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CNN: FBI probes new hacker attack reported by security company

Jun 09, 2000, 17:18 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pierre Thomas)

[ Thanks to David Barnett for this link. ]

"Jerry Harold, president and co-founder of Network Security Technologies, said the program targets computers using high-speed Internet connections, cable modems or corporate networks. The program has a built-in defense mechanism which often allows it to pass undetected by a virus scanner, Harold said. Once opened, the file infiltrates the computer, turns it into a "zombie" machine controlled by hackers."

"The hackers distribute a piece of malicious code, a "Trojan horse," disguised as a video clip or other downloadable file, according to a law enforcement official. ... The file is believed to end with the extension ".avi" and contain a compressed, malicious executable file that ends with the extension ".exe". "

"When a fake movie clip is activated, the executable program -- called "Serbian Badman Trojan" -- runs without any visible clues to the user, NETSEC said. The program sends passwords, network details and other information to the hackers."

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