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Second computer worm 'hits Iran'
AFP ^ | April 25, 2011 | Unknown

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: cyberattack; iran; starsvirus

1 posted on 04/25/2011 5:58:16 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

I like that there is an effort to hinder the process, but I worry about the unintended consequences with this type of engagement.


2 posted on 04/25/2011 6:01:42 AM PDT by edpc (Tagline under construction: Your American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars at work.)
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To: decimon

DarnIt.

They just have the worst luck.

Maybe they should install a Comodo Firewall program.


3 posted on 04/25/2011 6:04:50 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: edpc

Sort of like collateral damage with civilians.


4 posted on 04/25/2011 6:08:03 AM PDT by stuartcr (The soul is the .cfg file for the body)
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To: decimon
Second computer worm 'hits Iran'

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.

5 posted on 04/25/2011 6:12:39 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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To: edpc
I worry about the unintended consequences with this type of engagement.

Consequence like the entire world comes to the conclusion that they can not trust the operating systems and ad hoc computer/network hardware that come out of the USA? What a pity. Then let them come up with their own OS and computers... or stop using ours. Good luck with that Tehran!
6 posted on 04/25/2011 6:13:46 AM PDT by NamVet71MP
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To: NamVet71MP

More like the possiblilty it could adversely affect systems domestically.


7 posted on 04/25/2011 6:15:54 AM PDT by edpc (Tagline under construction: Your American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars at work.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

“Cisco” - Spanish for “bend over”


8 posted on 04/25/2011 6:19:06 AM PDT by Noumenon ("How do we know when the Government is like that guy with the van and the handcuffs?" --Henry Bowman)
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To: decimon

9 posted on 04/25/2011 6:20:21 AM PDT by Diogenesis ( Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

10 posted on 04/25/2011 6:20:39 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Gotta wonder about how we let ourselves get in this predictament.

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...

12 posted on 04/25/2011 6:26:06 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: edpc

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.


13 posted on 04/25/2011 6:30:05 AM PDT by NamVet71MP
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
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.

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.

14 posted on 04/25/2011 6:33:52 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: decimon

Could be a rope-a-dope? Maybe their program is moving along just fine.


15 posted on 04/25/2011 6:44:29 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Probably made by Huawei.


16 posted on 04/25/2011 6:47:14 AM PDT by ken in texas (Can't Afford a Tagline... send money.)
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To: decimon
What the Iranians need to do get that Madhi out of the well, dry his wet butt out, and get him working on this problem since they see him as the answer to all their problems. Can't believe their lack of faith. Would cause me to doubt whether he was who he said he was or just the real Satan impersonating a winner and not the loser whose future is guaranteed.
17 posted on 04/25/2011 7:11:16 AM PDT by cashless (Unlike Obama and his supporters, I'd rather be a TEA BAGGER than a TEA BAGGEE.)
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To: cashless

The Madhi is an apocalyptic character. He can’t save the world till we destroy it. Something like that.


18 posted on 04/25/2011 7:16:36 AM PDT by decimon
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To: lacrew
I doubt it. The Mad Mullah's are no different than any other dictatorial totalitarian regime. Hide everything bad and broadcast to the universe everything good, even if you have to invent it.

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.

19 posted on 04/25/2011 2:51:23 PM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica (Insane, Corrupt Democrats or Stupid, Spineless Republicans - Pick America's poison.)
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To: decimon
It took them a year to admit that stuxnet had hit them and now six months after that "and said efforts to contain Stuxnet were still ongoing" according to this article.
20 posted on 04/25/2011 2:58:46 PM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica (Insane, Corrupt Democrats or Stupid, Spineless Republicans - Pick America's poison.)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica
The "Stuxnet" "Stars"

I like it.

21 posted on 04/25/2011 3:01:27 PM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica (Insane, Corrupt Democrats or Stupid, Spineless Republicans - Pick America's poison.)
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