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DOCUMENT: Zardoz 'Security Digest' V1 #42 1989-12-15 (1 file, 1355 bytes)
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Date: Fri, 15 Dec 89 12:40:33 PST Subject: Security Digest V1 #42 Security Digest Volume 1 Issue 42 subject(s): destructive PC trojan horse warning ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Fri, 15 Dec 89 11:43:27 PST From: [email protected] (Neil Gorsuch) Subject: destructive PC trojan horse warning [ This was posted to news group news.announce.important, and since it describes a deliberately destructive piece of software that someone went to a fair amount of trouble and expense to distribute, I am also sending it out to the security list. Further details can be found in the news group comp.virus - neil ] --- Forwarded from comp.sys.ibm.pc --- This is an urgent forward from John McAfee: A distribution diskette from a corporation calling itself PC Cyborg has been widely distributed to major corporations and PC user groups in Europe. The diskette contains a highly destructive Trojan Horse. The Chase Manhattan Bank and ICL Computers were the first to report problems with the software. Systems that ran the enclosed programs had all data on the hard disks destroyed. Hundreds of systems were affected. Other reports have come in from user groups, small businesses and individuals with similar problems. The professionally prepared documentation that comes with the diskette purports that the software provides a data base of AIDS information. The flyer heading reads - "AIDS Information - An Introductory Diskette". If the software is installed using the included INSTALL program, the first thing that the program does is print out an invoice for the software. Then, after the system is re-booted a random number of times the system self destructs. Whoever has perpetrated this monstrosity has gone to a great deal of time, and more expense, and they have clearly perpetrated the largest single targeting of destructive code yet reported. The mailings are professionally done, and the style of the mailing labels indicate the lists were purchased from professional mailing organizations. The estimated costs for printing, diskette, label and mailing is over $3.00 per package. The volume of reports imply that many thousands may have been mailed. In addition, the British magazine "PC Business World" has included a copy of the diskette with its most recent publication - another expensive avenue of distribution. The only indication of who the perpetrator(s) may be is the address on the invoice to which they ask that $378.00 be mailed: PC Cyborg Corporation P.O. Box 871744 Panama 7, Panama Needless to say, a check for a registered PC Cyborg Corporation in Panama turned up negative. End of Security Digest Volume 1 Issue 42 **********************
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