Biggest, baddest, boldest software backdoors of all time

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  1. KeyPer4Life

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    These 12 historically insidious backdoors will have you wondering what's in your software -- and who can control it

    ♦ Back Orifice
    ♦ DSL backdoor that wouldn't die
    ♦ The PGP full-disk encryption backdoor
    ♦ Backdoors in pirated copies of commercial WordPress plug-ins
    ♦ The Joomla plug-in backdoor
    ♦ The ProFTPD backdoor
    ♦ The Borland Interbase backdoor
    ♦ The Linux backdoor that wasn’t
    ♦ The tcpdump backdoor
    ♦ The NSA’s TAO hardware backdoors
    ♦ The Windows _NSAKEY backdoor that might have been
    ♦ The dual elliptic curve backdoor

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  2. Minimalist

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    Interesting... Thanks.
     
  3. Umbra

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    i used to play with Back Orifice, it was very nice at its time ^^
     
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    There's some old memories. That and SubSeven.

    The worst backdoors haven't been found yet.
     
  5. Umbra

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    Subseven was fun , i could remotely open the cd-writer ^^
     
  6. RCGuy

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    This all sounds interesting, but what are you guys talking about?
     
  7. noone_particular

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    Yesterdays trojans/backdoors or remote administration tools, depending on your POV. More on SubSeven here.
     
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    On the reminiscing front, Back Orifice is what made Nancy and Kevin McAleavey come out with BOClean, which, IIRC, stood for BackOrificeClean.
     
  9. RCGuy

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    Oh. And you guys use to actually use those tools? o_O
     
  10. noone_particular

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    Depends on how you define "use". In addition to legitimate uses, they're excellent teaching tools for those who need to have the point driven home.

    According to Wikipedia, SubSeven is Win 8.1 compatible. Hmmm.
     
  11. Umbra

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    lol really?! :rolleyes::D
     
  12. noone_particular

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    Surprised me too. From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub7
     
  13. RCGuy

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    What do you mean? What point driven home?

    Oh God! I don't think that I like the sound of that. :doubt: Especially since I've recently divulged on this forum that I'm now using Windows 8.1. ....Are you messing with me, noone? :shifty:
     
  14. RCGuy

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    And what are you laughing at - fuzzball? :p
     
  15. Umbra

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    just some "bad" ideas crossing my mind :D
     
  16. noone_particular

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    Nothing malicious. Just a bit of behavioral education.

    I didn't notice that you were using 8.1. Was just entertaining a few ideas, or they were entertaining me. I wonder how many AVs will still detect something as old as SubSeven.
     
  17. RCGuy

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    Tsk-tsk-tsk. ;)
     
  18. RCGuy

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    Oh well. I guess I always get a bit paranoid around you 'knowledgeable' types. :cautious:
     
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