Trojan viruses a continued threat to ISPs

Trojan viruses a continued threat to ISPs

According to IT security publishers, Shake Communications, security issues continue to plague ISP's with the onset of network-aware Trojans, viruses and worms. Shake recently released the findings of a report that alleges over 1400 PC's have been compromised by the Trojan, Back Orifice.

Shake's study on the impact of Back Orifice upon ISP's, including the extent of its infiltration, painted a grim picture.

According to Simon Johnson, Shake's technical director, the survey of 92 ISP's exposed vulnerability in the industry.

"We found 1400 infected computers yet only 4 per cent of ISP's warned their users about the threat of Back Orifice."

The survey warned ISP's of the necessity of firewalling their systems, or at least educating their users.

Hackers are attaching Back Orifice to programs via ISP's, that are not harmful on their own but allow a window of opportunity for them to obtain passwords and user names.

Johnson says that Trojan systems are becoming so sophisticated that a strain called NetBus can allow the hacker to hear what is going on in the room your computer is set up in, through your own microphone.

Adam Sorrenson, the marketing manager at Norman Data Defence Systems, said that customers are already complaining about the illicit use of their Internet time, which is one of the few indications that the Trojan is even present and being used.

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