Skip to comments.Second computer worm 'hits Iran'
Posted on 04/25/2011 5:58:13 AM PDT by decimon
TEHRAN (AFP) Iran has been hit with new malicious software as part of cyber attacks against the country, a military officer told Mehr news agency on Monday without specifying the target.
"Certain characteristics about the 'Stars' virus have been identified, including that it is compatible with the (targeted) system," Gholam Reza Jalali, commander of the Iranian civil defence organisation, told the agency.
"In the initial stage, the damage is low and it is likely to be mistaken for governmental executable files," Jalali said, adding that Iranian experts were still investigating the full scope of the malware's abilities.
He did not say what kind of equipment the virus was targeting or when and how it had been spotted.
Tehran was hit with another computer worm, "Stuxnet," last year, reportedly designed to hurt the Islamic republic's controversial nuclear programme.
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I like that there is an effort to hinder the process, but I worry about the unintended consequences with this type of engagement.
They just have the worst luck.
Maybe they should install a Comodo Firewall program.
Sort of like collateral damage with civilians.
Second one they know about or admit to. BTW, I heard more than rumors that some Cisco firewalls sold to the U.S. military with legitimate serial numbers and no signs of tampering had trapdoor malware installed that would have allowed an outsider access. (Not surprisingly, they were manufactured in China. Gotta wonder about how we let ourselves get in this predictament.) I wonder how well the Isrealis have infiltrated the Iranians supply chain and how much malware and other defective material they are feeding them.
More like the possiblilty it could adversely affect systems domestically.
“Cisco” - Spanish for “bend over”
No need to wonder. Chinese donations to the Bill Clinton's 1996
campaign fund. Just ask John Glen. He helped block inquiries
into such matters.
Vince Foster's and Ron Brown's "unfortunate" deaths probably kept
people in line...
I still believe the four zero-day security vulnerabilities in Windows that make Stuxnet possible were not fumbled upon accidentally. They were intentionally placed in the drop. Could they be exploited for other reasons than the original attack vector? Sure. But, I already don’t trust Windows under normal conditions.
This is partially true. The issue came up during a QA by a governmental agency, and they traced it back to a specific manufacturer in China. As I recall, Cisco had snuffed the contract with them over other, uncited concerns.
I wouldn't put this past the Chi-comms. It's relatively easy to install your own open-source software on these devices, but often the "back doors" are hardware encoded and difficult to uncover unless you're sniffing ports and come across some strange traffic.
Could be a rope-a-dope? Maybe their program is moving along just fine.
Probably made by Huawei.
The Madhi is an apocalyptic character. He can’t save the world till we destroy it. Something like that.
No. I'm of the opinion that if they're even admitting that there's a problem, then it's a REALLY serious problem and they got no idea what it's doing or what to do about it and they need our help with it.
Symantec needs to check their visitors logs for .ir domains again.
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