______________________________________________________________________ _ _ BACK ORIFICE 2000 ((___)) BACK ORIFICE 2000 show some control [ x x ] show some control \ / (' ') (U) ________________________ http://www.bo2k.com/ ________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: The Deth Vegetable cDc Minister of Propaganda firstname.lastname@example.org BACK ORIFICE 2000, THE ONLY WAY TO CONTROL A MICROSOFT NETWORK [July 2nd, San Francisco] The CULT OF THE DEAD COW (cDc) will debut its latest remote network administration tool called Back Orifice 2000 on July 10th at Defcon VII in Las Vegas. This program is the most powerful application of its kind and puts the administrator solidly in control of any Microsoft network. Back Orifice 2000 is a best-of-breed network administration tool, granting sysadmins access to every Windows machine on their network. Using Back Orifice 2000, network administrators can perform typical desktop support duties without ever leaving their desk. Some notable features include: * Windows NT support (as well as Windows 95 and 98) * an open plugin architecture to allow for 3rd party add-ons * strong cryptography to ensure secure network administration * open source, available under the GNU Public License "It's a totally professional tool. Essentially it sews together Microsoft networks in ways that were never possible before," says Mike Bloom, Chief Technical Officer for Gomi Media, Toronto. "BO2K is a control freak's dream and the strong crypto feature gives the legitimate administrator a level of confidence that just didn't exist before. It's one kickass app". Back Orifice 2000 evolved from Back Orifice (the name itself a pun on the "Back Office" server suite from Microsoft), released by the cDc at last year's Defcon. Back Orifice 2000 was written by cDc code monster Dildog with input from Sir Dystic, the originator of Back Orifice. According to Dildog, "When it comes to administering Windows networks, the most problematic thing has always been the lack of powerful remote control. Unix administrators have enjoyed remote logins for decades, and with the dawn of tools like Secure Shell (SSH), Unix systems can be securely administered from anywhere in the world. Windows needed it too." "Now that we've enhanced the Windows administration experience, we hope that Microsoft will do its best to ensure that its operating systems are robust enough to handle the control we've given to them," added Dildog. If last year's release of Back Orifice is any indicator, Back Orifice 2000 will be a huge success. The first generation app caused quite a stir with the hacking community and the press. The Cult of the Dead Cow's webmaster reported a whopping 300,000 downloads from the primary and mirror sites, and predicts that Back Orifice 2000 will move briskly into the Microsoft networking environment. That's good news for network administrators but not the best news for Microsoft. Sysadmins will have at their disposal a professional open-source application, free of charge. Unfortunately for Microsoft, Back Orifice 2000 could bring pressure on the software leviathan to finally implement a security model in their Windows operating system. Failure to do so would leave customers vulnerable to malicious attacks from crackers using tools that exploit Windows' breezy defenses. Back Orifice 2000 will be available for download free of charge from http://www.bo2k.com/ after July 10th, 1999. ............................................................................ The CULT OF THE DEAD COW (cDc) is the most influential group of hackers in the world. Formed in 1984, the cDc has published the longest running e-zine on the Internet, traded opinions with large software companies, and entered numerous dance competitions. We could go on, but who's got the time? For more background information, journalists are invited to check out our Medialist at http://www.cultdeadcow.com/news/medialist.htm. Cheerio. "Microsoft", "Windows", "Back Office", "Sysadmin", "Desk", and "Leviathan" are all trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation. Blah blah blah, give it a rest already. "cDc. It's alla'bout style, jackass."