Time Digital heeft een artikel over DEF CON, de jaarlijkse hackers meeting in Las Vegas, waar de Cult of the Dead Cow komende zaterdag een nieuwe versie van Back Orifice zal releasen:
According to its creators, the new version of BackOrifice slated for release on Saturday is more powerful than ever. It's tougher to detect, gives the user a greater degree of control over the infected computer, and works on Windows NT, the heavy-duty version of Windows used by most large businesses. While the original version of BackOrifice was a threat to small businesses and private users, BackOrifice 2000, as it's called, will affect a much broader and more vital sector of the world's computers.
So why does the Cult of the Dead Cow claim they're doing it all for our own good — and why do some computer programmers agree? To quote from the Cult's press release, "BackOrifice 2000 could bring pressure on [Microsoft] 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." In other words, don't blame us, blame Microsoft for making a shoddy product — now maybe they'll improve it. As one poster on a hacking bulletin board wrote, "I feel better knowing that at least these holes will be known publicly and raise some sense of awareness rather than in a closed private environment where exploitation could continue unfettered."