Fizzer virus secrets revealed
Members of the chat-network security group IRC/Unity have decoded the manner in which the creator of the Fizzer virus can communicate with the program, a co-founder of the group said on Monday.
The Fizzer virus connects from an infected PC to a randomly selected Internet relay chat (IRC) network using a list of more than 300 such networks contained in the virus. Once connected, Fizzer creates a chat channel and listens for commands from a specific user nickname. The IRC/Unity group discovered the algorithm that determines what that name should be.
"It's a three-letter nickname that is only valid for the current date," said John McGarrigle, the newly elected chairman of the IRC/Unity group, a collection of administrators from more than 50 different chat networks. "Once you have that, you can control the bot (virus program) through IRC."
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