talking Trojan

A talking Trojan is a Trojan horse program that mocks the user of an infected PC with a repeating audio message while it deletes the entire contents of a hard drive. The first outbreak of the talking Trojan was called "BotVoice.A Trojan" and was detected by security vendor Panda Software SA in the summer of 2007. (Continued...)

A talking Trojan is a Trojan horse that mocks the user of an infected PC with a repeating audio message while it deletes the entire contents of a hard drive. Security vendor Panda Software SA detected the first talking Trojan, BotVoice.A, in the summer of 2007.

PandaSoft warns that infection can occur through multiple vectors, including:

Once the talking Trojan has been installed, the application uses the Windows text reader to play the following text:

"You have been infected. I repeat you have been infected and your system files has [sic] been deleted. Sorry. Have a nice day and bye bye."

The Trojan prevents certain file types from running. Disabled file extensions include BAT, COM, EXE and MP3. BotVoice.A also disables the Windows registry editor and the Task Manager which can make it difficult for the average user to stop active processes and undo deletions.

This was first published in January 2008

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