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#1

Posted 10 March 2009 - 11:23 PM

First, I'm surprised there isn't a topic already. Apparently pifts.exe is causing quite a controversy. Not enough information is available on it yet. Possible best source; pifts info

Care to speculate?

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 11:29 PM

I don't know, they're talking about it being some sort of FBI surveillance thing.

Luckily I don't have Symantec so I haven't had the problem.

Scary stuff though IF the government is trying to view what people do.

That's gotta be illegal.

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 11:38 PM

The same guy blogged something about the US annexing Mexico. Here I wouldn't call it a reliable source. Still, if you look on the forums it's kind of eerie.

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 11:45 PM

Has anyone had Zonealarm alert them on this file? Maybe this is a hoax. I don't use Norton or IE.

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 12:07 AM

Heh, internet hysteria is an amazing phenomenom.


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Posted 11 March 2009 - 12:20 AM

Makes me feel like I'm in The Matrix. tounge2.gif

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 12:26 AM

I think it's Skynet making its move mercie_blink.gif

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 12:28 AM

I almost didn't post this thread. When I saw no one got to it before me, I had second thoughts. What had me wondering was why Norton would not comment, and this morning they were deleting all inquiries about it, even shutting down their forums for a while. Norton speaks.

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 12:30 AM

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Below are some examples of the forum spam we received from these new user accounts. These forum posts contained no text in the body of the message, simply a subject:

    * O LAWD IM CHOKIN ON PIFTS PLZ HALP
    * OH GOD YOU GOT CHOCOLATE IN MY PIFTS
    * If you wanna be my NORTON/ you gotta deal with my P ! F T S . E X E
    * IF PIFTS.EXE WAS HERE, THEN WHO WAS PHONE?
    * PIFTS.EXE PIFTS.EXE PIFTS.EXE PIFTS.EXE PIFTS.EXE PIFTS.EXE PIFTS.EXE
    * I LOVE MY PIFTS.EXE


Haha if that isn't /b/ i'll eat my own pifts.exe lol.gif

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 12:35 AM

QUOTE (PacMaan @ Mar 11 2009, 00:30)
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Below are some examples of the forum spam we received from these new user accounts. These forum posts contained no text in the body of the message, simply a subject:

† † * O LAWD IM CHOKIN ON PIFTS PLZ HALP
† † * OH GOD YOU GOT CHOCOLATE IN MY PIFTS
† † * If you wanna be my NORTON/ you gotta deal with my P ! F T S . E X E
† † * IF PIFTS.EXE WAS HERE, THEN WHO WAS PHONE?
† † * PIFTS.EXE PIFTS.EXE PIFTS.EXE PIFTS.EXE PIFTS.EXE PIFTS.EXE PIFTS.EXE
† † * I LOVE MY PIFTS.EXE


Haha if that isn't /b/ i'll eat my own pifts.exe lol.gif

I literally laughed out loud.

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 12:49 AM

QUOTE (Scottendo @ Mar 10 2009, 16:29)
That's gotta be illegal.

The government could come up with something to make it not illegal but it does go against the admendments. confused.gif

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 12:58 AM

March 9-10, 2009
PIFTS.EXE became a meme

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 01:06 AM

I haven't read anything about it. One question, are they monitoring US computer only?

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 01:09 AM

It has to do with Norton Antivirus. People found out that it is running along with the software and contacting some sort of servers in Africa. Many Anti-virus companies have been accused of doing this, and funneling minor threats onto your machine in order to show you that it is "protecting you".

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 02:24 AM

Lol.

Anyways, it would probably be likely brought up in the Tech Chat area.

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 03:17 AM

QUOTE (BleepingComputers)
After reading about this file here and here, I asked around on BleepingComputer.com for one of our users to submit a sample of the file to me. Once I received the file, I ran it on a test box while running a file monitor, to see what it accesses, and Wireshark, to see what it does on the network. What I found was that the program appears to be quite innocent, and from the hostname it connects to, we could have guessed as to what it does. It appears that when you update Norton it connects to stats.norton.com and lets the server know someone has installed an update, what the update was, what program it was for, and whether it was successful. Now, I am not saying that Norton should be contacting one of their servers and reporting this type of information without a userís permission or even knowledge, but there is no conspiracy theory between Norton, Google, Microsoft, African Nations, and little green men.

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 03:31 AM

I kinda figured that when nothing was on this forum about it. /b/tards lol

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 03:48 AM

Whats so funny about the phrase pifts.exe?
Is it supposed to mean something, but sounds like something lse or what? confused.gif confused.gif

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 03:58 AM

QUOTE (Gamernotnerd @ Mar 10 2009, 21:17)
QUOTE (BleepingComputers)
After reading about this file here and here, I asked around on BleepingComputer.com for one of our users to submit a sample of the file to me. Once I received the file, I ran it on a test box while running a file monitor, to see what it accesses, and Wireshark, to see what it does on the network. What I found was that the program appears to be quite innocent, and from the hostname it connects to, we could have guessed as to what it does. It appears that when you update Norton it connects to stats.norton.com and lets the server know someone has installed an update, what the update was, what program it was for, and whether it was successful. Now, I am not saying that Norton should be contacting one of their servers and reporting this type of information without a userís permission or even knowledge, but there is no conspiracy theory between Norton, Google, Microsoft, African Nations, and little green men.

Well with that we can maybe guess what pifts.exe stands for?

p..?

intel

file

transfer

system


Can't think of what P might be. Although I could be completely wrong on all of it.

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 10:02 AM Edited by Grand Theft Auto Dude, 11 March 2009 - 11:39 AM.

QUOTE (Scottendo @ Mar 11 2009, 13:58)
QUOTE (Gamernotnerd @ Mar 10 2009, 21:17)
QUOTE (BleepingComputers)
After reading about this file here and here, I asked around on BleepingComputer.com for one of our users to submit a sample of the file to me. Once I received the file, I ran it on a test box while running a file monitor, to see what it accesses, and Wireshark, to see what it does on the network. What I found was that the program appears to be quite innocent, and from the hostname it connects to, we could have guessed as to what it does. It appears that when you update Norton it connects to stats.norton.com and lets the server know someone has installed an update, what the update was, what program it was for, and whether it was successful. Now, I am not saying that Norton should be contacting one of their servers and reporting this type of information without a userís permission or even knowledge, but there is no conspiracy theory between Norton, Google, Microsoft, African Nations, and little green men.

Well with that we can maybe guess what pifts.exe stands for?

p..?

intel

file

transfer

system


Can't think of what P might be. Although I could be completely wrong on all of it.

Public Internet and File Tracking System.

Or, it could just be 'Product Information Framework Troubleshooter', like Norton explained it. but I prefer the conspiracy theory.

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 08:42 PM

user posted image

Need I say more?

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 08:45 PM

i dont have a PIFTS.EXE




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