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CNET News.com: Back Orifice 2000 makes its debut

Jul 11, 1999, 11:57 (9 Talkback[s])
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"Back Orifice 2000, a much anticipated and feared trojan horse software program, was released today as expected at the DefCon convention in Las Vegas."

"A boisterous and supportive crowd of several hundred DefCon attendees repeatedly roared their approval as the software's features were touted..."

"Debate has raged over whether BO2K (a pun on Microsoft's Back Office server suite) is a beneficial tool or a piece of software that makes it easy for malicious hackers to gain unauthorized entry to computers. The controversy is reminiscent of Dan Farmer's 1995 release of SATAN, or Security Administrator Tool for Analyzing Networks.

"The version released today represents an upgrade to the original application Cult of the Dead Cow released at last year's DefCon, which has registered 300,000 downloads. BO2K is open-source and accepts plug-ins, making it likely that malicious variants will be created."

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