The problem with Back Orifice is that it can be distributed by crackers via a Trojan horse, leaving the target unsuspecting that anything is wrong. After being installed, the Trojan allows almost complete control by the remote cracker over the targetÂ’s computer.
Note that Back Orifice is not a virus. Rather, the software has to be willingly accepted and run by its host before it can be used. Back Orifice is often distributed on the claim that it is something elseÂ—such as valid software that the user might receive by email or download from a Website. The best way to prevent being targeted for a crack attack is to not accept files from untrusted sources.
See Also: Electronic Mail or Email; Hacker Club; Internet, Trojan.
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A program that installs itself on a Windows machine as a server, allowing a cracker with the client counterpart to manipulate the machine more completely than the user at the keyboard. It can come in the form of a Trojan or ActiveX control. Back Orifice 2000 (BO2K) provides access to Windows NT/2000 machines.