Simpsons: A School Age "Trojan"

28 Jun 2000
Virus News

Much Ado About Nothing

Cambridge, UK, June 29, 2000 - "Simpsons" is a primitive Trojan horse BAT-program written in DOS command language. It has been reported "in-the-wild" and is intentionally distributed via e-mail by some malevolent person. The Trojan appears as an executable file named SIMPSONS.EXE, which is actually a self-extracting WinZip package. After the program has been executed, it displays a standard WinZip warning message, extracts the Trojan module, and executes it. Then it destroys all data on disks in the following order: C:, A:, B:, D:. Herein, it uses an ordinary "DELTREE /Y" DOS-command.

"It is hard to believe that this Trojan could be created by someone older than 10 years; so primitive and dissonant is the program code. In our opinion, the "Simpsons" name characterises its author very well.," said Eugene Kaspersky, Head of Anti-Virus Research at Kaspersky Lab Int., "Furthermore, it is very surprising to see how much attention some anti-virus companies pay to this silly Trojan."

Protection against the "Simpsons" Trojan has been added already to the upcoming daily update of AntiViral Toolkit Pro (AVP).