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Subject:Fwd: INFO. ON SERIOUS INTERNE... From:JPMartin1 -at- AOL -dot- COM Date:Mon, 16 May 1994 13:23:47 EDT
Subj: INFO. ON SERIOUS INTERNET VIRUS (fwd)
Date: 94-05-16 11:22:45 EDT
From: billwinn -at- u -dot- washington -dot- edu
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Date: Sun, 15 May 1994 15:17:11 -0700 (PDT)
From: Sandra Petrarca <petrarca -at- u -dot- washington -dot- edu>
To: Beta Anderson <bettyan -at- microsoft -dot- com>,
William Winn <billwinn -at- u -dot- washington -dot- edu>,
Joel Levin <jlevin -at- u -dot- washington -dot- edu>, markdod -at- microsoft -dot- com,
MATT SPAUR <HPSD83A -at- prodigy -dot- com>, nomad -at- u -dot- washington -dot- edu
Subject: INFO. ON SERIOUS INTERNET VIRUS (fwd)
Thought you might want to be aware of this. See end of message for
permission to forward.
> NASIRC recently received information about a potential "trojan horse"
> program being distributed on the Internet as "CD-IT.ZIP"
> SYSTEMS AFFECTED:
> This trojan apparently only runs on "IBM compatible" systems; DOS is
> definitely susceptible, and Windows might be.
> THE PROBLEM:
> According to information posted in several Clarinet newsgroups, a new
> and dangerous trojan is showing up at publicly-accessible Internet
> sites. This trojan, called CD-IT.ZIP, supposedly gives your PC full
> read/write capabilities on its CD-ROM drive. The CD-IT documentation
> states the program was authored by Joseph S. Shiner, couriered by HDA
> and copyrighted by Chinon Products. The problem came to light when a
> user who had downloaded the file from a FidoNet server in Baltimore,
> MD, realized that it is IMPOSSIBLE to make a standard CD-ROM drive
> writable with a small software utility and reported it to Chinon.
> Other suspicious indicators were obscenities in the documentation and
> a line indicating that HDA stands for "Haven't Decided a Name Yet."
> In a statement to Newsbytes, Chinon America stated it has no division
> as named in the documentation. Chinon engineers also report that if
> CD-IT is actually run, it locks up the computer; it will then remain
> in memory (even after reboot) and will corrupt critical system files
> on the hard disk as well as any available network volumes. Chinon's
> R&D Director stated that he has not heard of any systems that have
> (yet) been affected by this trojan.
> THE FIX:
> Although there is no real "fix" for a trojan or virus, there are two
> important points NASIRC wishes to make:
> 1) DO NOT DOWNLOAD THE FILE "CD-IT.ZIP" FROM ANY ON-LINE ARCHIVES!
> 2) DO NOT RUN THE "CD-IT" UTILITY!
> Once a system is infected, the only way to eradicate the virus is to
> perform a high-level reformat of the hard drive!
> To quote the Clarinet post, "Chinon is encouraging anyone who might
> have information that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of the
> parties responsible for CD-IT to call the company at 310-533-0274. In
> addition, the company has notified the major distributors of virus
> protection software, such as Symantec and McAfee Associates, so they
> may update their programs to detect and eradicate CD-IT.
> NASIRC will continue to monitor this situation and will post additional
> information should it become necessary. If you have any questions about
> this bulletin, please contact NASIRC via any of the venues below.
> NASIRC ACKNOWLEDGES: Hank Middleton of NASA's Goddard Space Flight
> Center for notifying NASIRC of this situation.
> For further assistance, please contact the NASIRC Helpdesk:
> Phone: 1-800-7-NASIRC Fax: 1-301-441-1853
> Internet Email: nasirc -at- nasa -dot- gov
> 24 Hour/Emergency Pager: 1-800-759-7243/Pin:2023056
> STU III: 1-301-982-5480
> This bulletin may be forwarded without restriction to sites and
> system administrators within the NASA community.
> The NASIRC online archive system is available via anonymous ftp.
> You will be required to enter your valid e-mail address as the
> "password". Once on the system, you can access the following
> The contents of these directories is updated on a continuous
> basis with relevant software and information; contact the NASIRC
> Helpdesk for more information or assistance.
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> * The point of contact for MILNET security-related incidents is the
> * Security Coordination Center (SCC).
> * E-mail address: SCC -at- NIC -dot- DDN -dot- MIL
> * Telephone: 1-(800)-365-3642
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> organizations and their constituencies can be obtained by sending email to
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