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"Colossus" worm, virus, trojan?


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#1 Gadgetman728

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 08:28 AM

Hi all,

 

This is a question for anybody here : has anyone ever heard of "Colossus" worm, virus, trojan?

I own a small computer repair business, and a customer (man- late 20's to 30ish) came in claiming he had written a virus called "Colossus". He said this was a long time ago, and he spoke of Win98 and earlier. He doesn't seem old enough. 

He also claimed to shut down an internet cafe with "Code he'd written". Probably script kiddie stuff. He also wanted a copy of DOS to dual boot with win 7.? I ask him why not just use one of the many Linux OS's out there, and he looked confused & unaware. 

 

I can build and repair most computers, but I know nothing of coding or computer languages, other than a bit of command line for net\working and a few linux commands. I guess I can understand a "programmer" to not know much about the workings of a home computer.

BUT - I think this guy is Full of something.     Any thoughts from the peanut gallery?


Edited by Gadgetman728, 25 June 2014 - 09:35 AM.


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Posted 25 June 2014 - 03:04 PM

A quick search turned up nothing.  I've been using IBM compatible computers since DOS 3.3.  Prior to that I was on the Commodores from the early 80s.  I've been doing IT work professionally since Windows 3.11.  I've never heard of the Colossus anything.  If he was 30 years old, he would have been about 14 when Windows 98 came out, 16 if you waited until 2000.  I think you're right that he was just blowing smoke.  My experience is that those that can don't need to brag.



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Posted 26 June 2014 - 08:07 PM

If he is a programmer, it's possible that he wrote some type of program with "malicious code" and named it Colossus. That's does not mean it was widely distributed or included a damaging payload to warrant a detection by anti-virus software. As you said..."Probably script kiddie stuff." and bragging about it made him feel important.
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Posted 28 June 2014 - 04:29 PM

I was extremely active in the VX scene during this era and I have never heard of it. Back in those days, it was pretty rare for developers not to want to share their code or discuss their techniques with the VX community. It may have been a complete copy/paste or something silly like that, which would explain why he didn't want to share his code, ha ha.

 

I wouldn't try to call him out on it. Just let him live in his own little fantasy world if it makes him happy.


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 10:18 PM

As I said...it makes him feel important.
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