Hutch Henries, the manager at Hogtown Wrestling and a well known local wrestling promoter was all ‘in a huff’ when he came panting into our shop on Dundas St W on the 10th October 2016. It was just nine days after his last live wrestling event, Socktoberfest, ( broke attendance records at Super Wonder Gallery up on Bloor St.  The coffee shop crowd had been discussing the spectacle for a week afterwards, along with the article about Hogtown Wrestling in the Toronto Guardian. A2ZPC is located right beside a busy martial arts studio and is in between two boxing gyms. Hutch Henries with his stubbly beard over his signature powder blue jacket is something of a local hero in this Toronto neighbourhood.

In deference to his recent achievements, our boss Ahmad Zehour greeted Hutch affectionately as he came in the shop. The computer technician was about to congratulate the wrestling promoter on his recent success when Hutch decried that he’d been hacked! “Ahmad!” Hutch gasped, “They deleted everything’.

Now generally speaking A2Z PC repair and our founder Ahmad Zehour’s expertise does not lean to toward hacking, or software manipulation or even firewall breaches, but we do get involved whenever there has been data loss, or when there’s reason to believe a malignant virus needs to be removed. Some viruses will corrupt stored information (or copy it, or send your files to everyone in your email address book) and that could result in critical data loss which is exactly what we specialize in…

They didn’t delete everything as it turned out, it just looked that way. Ahmad suspected, and later confirmed that Hutch had recently opened an email attachment that allowed a Trojan Virus into the Hogtown Wrestling computer system.

The sport of wrestling is full of Trojans and Spartans too, but Hutch hadn’t expected this kind of opponent. In modern computing, the term Trojan horse, or Trojan, is any malicious computer program which is used to hack into a computer by misleading users of its true intent. The term is derived from the Ancient Greek story of the wooden horse that was used to help Greek troops invade the city of Troy by stealth. In this case the enemies of the Hogtown Wrestling had successfully connived to enter the computer system and delete the main wrestling roster… but how exactly?

Operating in the DOS shell, Ahmad was able to get into the system database where he tracked down the most recent emails now scrambled into bits and bytes. Once assembled again and made comprehensible, it became clear the offending email was sent from a new wrestling applicant with a phoney resume of fake matches.  Ahmad copied the user’s email address and server information and then using another program through which he managed to isolate the sender’s IP address – all this information he gave to Hutch to chase down.

Hopefully Hutch can solve the mystery and get his system working again in time for the Nov 11th Need for Speed event. More details about this hack and the fallout and the new beginnings in relation to this and other upcoming events on the Hogtown Wrestling Facebook page.