Looks like it’s gonna be one of those weeks. One of our web servers started flaking this morning, refusing to allow users to sign on.

At first we thought it was a virus or Trojan horse but both the anti-virus and anti-Trojan scanners reported no problems. Yet certain files that should have been on the server were missing and when we tried to restore them, the system said they were already there.

Finally concluded it was a as-yet unknown Trojan that hides certain files and processes and attacks only servers with Microsoft FrontPage extensions installed (this server was set up to be a development site for a client).

You gotta wonder. If the hackers who come up with these devilish little programs would put their talents to some useful purpose, just think where our technology might be?