Remedies posted for Back Orifice 2000

Anti-virus vendors have rushed this week to develop antidotes to Back Orifice 2000, the trojan horse released last weekend by the hacker group Cult of the Dead Cow.

Network Associates, its subsidiary McAfee Software, and Symantec are among the companies which now have remedies available for download to fight the program.

The Cult of the Dead Cow released Back Orifice 2000 at the Def Con hackers conference in Las Vegas over the weekend, calling it an update of its earlier Back Orifice virus. The group is also claiming that Back Orifice 2000 is a good tool for network management.

Back Orifice 2000 is a trojan horse, which, when attached to an e-mail or other document, is covertly downloaded into a computer. There it continues to do its damage unseen by the user.

Once downloaded by an unwitting user, Back Orifice 2000 allows someone with access to the other half of the program to remotely control the infected computer. The remote hacker can read and even delete passwords or files from the computer. Back Orifice 2000 affects computers running Microsoft's Windows operating systems, including Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT.

For information on Networks Associates' Back Orifice remedy, go to: http://www.nai.com/asp_set/anti_virus/introduction/back_orifice.aspFor the Symantec download, go to: http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/download.html. More information on Back Orifice from Symantec is available at http://www.symantec.com/press/1999/n990712.htmlThere is also information on a virus update from McAfee Software, a Network Associates subsidiary, at: http://www.mcafee.com/viruses/bo2000/protecting_yourself.asp

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?