Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2002/03/18/super_dirt_trojan_to_infect/

Super DIRT Trojan to infect indiscriminately

We'll call this one F.I.L.T.H.

By Thomas C Greene

Posted in Security, 18th March 2002 17:18 GMT

The DIRT files Our friend Frank Jones of Codex Data Systems has been busy with a number of projects associated with his loathsome DIRT Trojan, most notably one which seeks to distribute the infection indiscriminately. Cryptome's John Young has posted an HTML version of Jones' PowerPoint slide show, and from this we gather that Jones either has, or is struggling to develop, a super-malicious strain of his little viral toy.

The latest incarnation is called HOPE, for "Harnessing the
Omnipotent Power of the Electron." It sounds positively Biblical, but it's a mere h4x0r kiddie project which involves setting up a malicious Web site to infect all visitors indiscriminately, and to exploit the infection as victims spread it to their e-mail and IM contacts. Everyone infected will of course yield remote access to their computers via the DIRT Trojan.

Jones recommends its use in combating terrorists, pedos and drug traffickers, and for employee monitoring. It's also perfectly suited to industrial espionage. Just set up a Web site which will interest your competitors, and infect them with the DIRT Trojan. How cool is that?

It could also be effective for mass government surveillance in less enlightened countries.

One thing it would be absolutely useless for, of course, is legitimate law enforcement. But that doesn't concern our Jones. He's happily bottom-feeding off LEAs and securocrats in countries where civil rights are weak, and off corrupt and/or stupid LEAs and securocrats here in the civilized world. ®

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