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  • Miley Cyrus Gets Tattoo for Marriage Equality (Homosexual Agenda in Hollywood Alert)

    07/31/2011 1:54:32 AM PDT · by channel55 · 68 replies
    "Miley Cyrus has gotten a tattoo on her ring finger for marriage equality. She has also taken to twitter to tell her fans about it. We congratulate her on taking REAL action for marriage equality. Too many people 'personally support' marriage equality but are doing nothing for it. That's just a shame. If you support marriage equality and do nothing about it, nothing will happen."
  • Stop Software Attacks From Destroying Your Servers

    07/06/2011 7:43:40 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 14 replies
    ServerWatch ^ | 30 June 2011 | Paul Rubens
    Stuxnet-style malware that attacks computer hardware could put your company out of business by physically destroying the servers, networking equipment and storage resources in your data center. Unlike Stuxnet, however, this type of malware is easy to create. That's the stark warning Itzik Kotler issued at the HackInTheBox hacker convention in Amsterdam last month. Kotler is the chief technology officer of the information security company Security Art. Software attacks that stop the physical hardware from ever working again are known as Permanent Denial of Service (PDoS) attacks. The Stuxnet virus -- which attacked Iran's nuclear facilities -- was so complex...
  • Computer Question: Security, Windows XP vs Windows 7 Ultimate

    07/05/2011 12:46:30 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 130 replies
    July 5, 2011
    I'm thinking about buying an IMac, and due to my military friends and other reasons, I might want a copy of Windows XP or Windows 7 on it with Parallels Desktop 6 for Macto go between the Windows Operating System and the Snow Leopard or OS X Lion . I realize that the Apple/Mac Operating System has very few security problems, and that I'd be inviting all those security problems into my MAC by running windows in it. QUESTION: Is Windows 7 Ultimate worth the extra cost to buy a full version copy, over Windows XP SP3 full version?...
  • Security researchers discover 'indestructible' botnet

    06/30/2011 6:54:05 AM PDT · by decimon · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | June 30, 2011 | Unknown
    More than four million PCs have been enrolled in a botnet security experts say is almost 'indestructible'The botnet, known as TDL, targets Windows PCs and tries hard to avoid detection and even harder to shut down. Code that hijacks a PC hides in places security software rarely looks and the botnet is controlled using custom-made encryption. Security researchers said recent botnet shutdowns had made TDL's controllers harden it against investigation. The 4.5 million PCs have become victims over the last three months following the appearance of the fourth version of the TDL virus. The changes introduced in TDL-4 made it...
  • Harddrive Crash (looking for help)

    05/30/2011 9:08:08 AM PDT · by Outlaw Woman · 116 replies
    05/30/2011 | ow
    Harddrive Failure Start up menu is empty (No outlook express, no list of program files) but still has My Computer on it. OS XP Home Pentium R D 2 80GHz
  • Mac malware scam grows legs – MacGuard needs no password

    05/27/2011 7:14:04 AM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 129 replies · 1+ views
    Silicon Republic ^ | 27 May 2011 | John Kennedy
    The once relatively virus-free Apple Mac ecosystem has been tainted forever by a nasty malware scam and you sense an age of innocence has ended. It’s a deadly shock to that ecosystem because now a second variant bug has arrived that requires no password. The malware first manifested itself when Mac users noticed ads for a product called Mac Defender that promised to protect them against malware and viruses. However, it turned out Mac Defender was actually a piece of malware that becomes active on a desktop after a user is suckered into entering a password, and floods the screen...
  • Apple Macs hit by scareware attacks

    05/27/2011 6:37:24 AM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 111 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 26 May 2011 | Joseph Menn
    One of the most pervasive and costly types of virus is now affecting Mac computers, signalling the end of an age of innocence for Apple customers, who until now have been spared many common cybersecurity problems. Known as rogue antivirus or scareware, the scam programs warn PC and now Mac owners that they have been infected, then demand credit card payments to clean the machines. The operators of the programs are typically criminals who may resell the card details or try to install more malicious software. PCs running Microsoft’s Windows operating system have been besieged by scareware for years. Though...
  • Apple Orders Technicians to Feign Ignorance About Mac Malware

    05/20/2011 4:59:09 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 46 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | May 20, 2011 | Jason Mick
    Apple hopes that if it pretends that malware doesn't exist its customers will believe so too. Apple techs are under strict orders not to help customers who are suffering from malware infe   Employees claim ~6 percent of Macs are now infected by malware, though many Mac owners are convinced their computers are "immune" to such problems.  (Source: Cult of Mac)   Microsoft actually helps protect its customers from malware programs and acknowledges they exist. It even offers its customers free protection.  (Source: iTech News Net)  Jobs and company hope to keep customers ignorant of the truth Apple, Inc. (AAPL)...
  • A virus similar to herpes could be a risk factor for multiple sclerosis (Epstein-Barr)

    05/17/2011 9:34:35 AM PDT · by decimon · 6 replies
    Universidad de Granada ^ | May 16, 2011 | Unknown
    At present, while there is no cause known for this condition, patients with MS seem to have genetic vulnerability to certain environmental factors that could trigger this condition, such as the Epstein-Barr virus. Scientists at the University of Granada have found a relation between the Epstein-Barr virus –which belongs to the herpesviruses family–and the development of this conditionThe Epstein-Barr (EVB) virus –belonging to the herpesviruses family, which also includes the herpes simplex virus and the cytomegalovirus– is one of the environmental factors that might cause multiple sclerosis, a condition affecting the central nervous system, which causes are unknown. This has...
  • Feds to remotely delete Coreflood from infected PCs

    04/27/2011 2:45:41 PM PDT · by decimon · 12 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | April 27, 2011 | Geoff Duncan
    In an unusual move, federal authorities will be contacting computer users with systems infected by the Coreflood botnet Trojan and asking them to agree to allow them to send commands to the malware so it will delete itself. The move comes in the in the wake of a coordinated takedown earlier this month by the FBI and other authorities, in which the U.S. government essentially substituted its own command-and-control servers in place of those used by Coreflood and issued commands telling the program to shut down on infected PCs. The move reduced activity from the Coreflood botnet by about 90...
  • Ralph Langner: Cracking Stuxnet, a 21st-century cyber weapon

    When first discovered in 2010, the Stuxnet computer worm posed a baffling puzzle. Beyond its unusually high level of sophistication loomed a more troubling mystery: its purpose. Ralph Langner and team helped crack the code that revealed this digital warhead's final target -- and its covert origins. In a fascinating look inside cyber-forensics
  • Thousands of Web Sites Hit With New Twist on Old SQL Injection Hack

    04/01/2011 1:52:38 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies ^ | Posted on April 1, 2011 at 1:10 PM PT | by Arik Hesseldahl
    A relatively simple hack has been used to compromise at least 500,000 Web sites, and perhaps as many as 1.5 million, in such a way that visitors are tricked into downloading fake PC security software. Dubbed Lizamoon, after the Web site where some users are in some cases redirected, the attack was first documented by the security research firm Websense The hack seeks to trick Web users into believing that their computer has been compromised by viruses and prompts them to download fake security software that itself causes further problems. Among the sites serving up the links to the fake...
  • 'Virus-eater' discovered in Antarctic lake

    03/29/2011 3:23:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Nature News ^ | 28 March 2011 | Virginia Gewin
    First of the parasitic parasites to be discovered in a natural environment points to hidden diversity. A genomic survey of the microbial life in an Antarctic lake has revealed a new virophage — a virus that attacks viruses. The discovery suggests that these life forms are more common, and have a larger role in the environment, than was once thought. An Australian research team found the virophage while surveying the extremely salty Organic Lake in eastern Antarctica. While sequencing the collective genome of microbes living in the surface waters, they discovered the virus, which they dubbed the Organic Lake Virophage...
  • My virus, trojan, malware experience..and resolution

    03/29/2011 11:26:05 AM PDT · by Professional · 114 replies
    03/29/2011 | Professional
    Last week I got hit with a nasty set of viruses, malware, and trojans. One of the first things I did, was to check out Freerepublic to get some free advice. Unfortunately, it didn't help much, so I've decided to try and add some value here for folks that have something similar happen to them. My problems began, by using Google searches for information pertaining to the Japan Earthquake. Now, I suspect that part of these internet virus scams, is to embed the trouble in searches that are very popular at any given time. I took the advice of this...
  • Help! Something VERY strange happened to my computer.

    03/21/2011 8:56:33 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 44 replies
    21 March 2011 | Mene
    Very strange. Suddenly my computer is unilaterally running Utility Man and Narrator and trying to search for files and enter things all by itself. What kind of shenanigans is this? Can anyone explain. Shouldn't have a virus based on activity at all. Deleted utilman.exe and narrator from System32 folder. Still having weird things happening but attempts to access system stopped.
  • Help! I think a virus has attacked my Netscape email, where do i go for help?

    02/11/2011 3:33:44 PM PST · by Stayfree · 13 replies
    Vanity | February 11, 2011 | Stayfree
    Can anyone suggest a forum where I can go to find out how to fix my Netscape email so that I can access it from my provider?
  • possible virus on computer-how to remove

    02/07/2011 6:56:35 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 57 replies
    me ^ | 2-7-11 | wobbly bob
    possible infection on Toshiba laptop with IE and Vista Home Premium Service Pack 2 cannot open any applications without the warning window that reads "application cannot be executed.the file ---.exe is you want to activate your security software now? yes/no? it then trys to get me to download from some ""
  • Google Hijack Malware - Windows 7

    01/15/2011 7:52:33 AM PST · by Lando Lincoln · 41 replies
    My computer is infected with malware that hijacks Google. I have swept with Webroot and Avast! No luck. Help? I prefer not to get into the registry - I lack the skills. I will be out for awhile, so thanks to all in advance.
  • Iran dismisses reports on cyber virus on nuclear power plant

    01/18/2011 7:00:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    People Daily ^ | 1/18/11
    Iran dismisses reports on cyber virus on nuclear power plant22:02, January 18, 2011 A spokesman of Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) dismissed reports about negative impacts of Stuxnet worm on Iran's nuclear facilities, local satellite Press TV reported on Tuesday. Hamid Khadem Qaemi, rejected the report of Daily Telegraph, alleging that Stuxnet computer virus has had a negative impact on the country's nuclear facilities. Khadem Qaemi said Tuesday that the Stuxnet worm has failed to influence the progressing activities of Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran. "The Iranian atomic energy organization's security experts vigilantly identified the virus about one...
  • Israeli Test on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay

    01/17/2011 2:04:18 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 15, 2011 | WILLIAM J. BROAD, JOHN MARKOFF and DAVID E. SANGER
    ...The worm itself now appears to have included two major components. One was designed to send Iran’s nuclear centrifuges spinning wildly out of control. Another seems right out of the movies: The computer program also secretly recorded what normal operations at the nuclear plant looked like, then played those readings back to plant operators, like a pre-recorded security tape in a bank heist, so that it would appear that everything was operating normally while the centrifuges were actually tearing themselves apart. The attacks were not fully successful: Some parts of Iran’s operations ground to a halt, while others survived, according...
  • Israel Tests on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay [Cyberweapon, Killing Scientists, Mossad]

    01/16/2011 1:35:25 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 18 replies
    NYTIMES ^ | Published: January 15, 2011 | William J. Broad, John Markoff , David E. Sanger.
    The Dimona complex in the Negev desert is famous as the heavily guarded heart of Israel’s never-acknowledged nuclear arms program, where neat rows of factories make atomic fuel for the arsenal. Over the past two years, according to intelligence and military experts familiar with its operations, Dimona has taken on a new, equally secret role — as a critical testing ground in a joint American and Israeli effort to undermine Iran’s efforts to make a bomb of its own.
  • Report: U.S.-Israel Tested Worm Linked to Iran Atom Woes

    01/16/2011 5:09:42 AM PST · by nuconvert · 16 replies
    WASHINGTON -- Israel has tested a computer worm believed to have sabotaged Iran's nuclear centrifuges and slowed its ability to develop an atomic weapon, The New York Times reported Saturday. In what the Times described as a joint Israeli-U.S. effort to undermine Iran's nuclear ambitions, it said the tests of the destructive Stuxnet worm had occurred over the past two years at the heavily guarded Dimona complex in the Negev desert.
  • Virus Warning To Members Of Facebook

    01/03/2011 5:38:53 AM PST · by RetSignman · 24 replies
    Google Search for phrase | Jan. 3, 2011 | RetSignman
    There is phrase that Facebook members should NOT click on: It pops up as a message from your people on your Friends List and reads: "Hope this doesn't happen to you...poor girl" It is a hidden virus. Don't open it!!!
  • Stuxnet’s Finnish-Chinese Connection

    12/27/2010 8:47:10 AM PST · by shield · 16 replies · 2+ views
    Forbes/Firewall Blog ^ | 14th December, 2010 | Jeffrey Carr
    I recently wrote a white paper entitled “Dragons, Tigers, Pearls, and Yellowcake” in which I proposed four alternative scenarios for the Stuxnet worm other than the commonly held assumption that it was Israel or the U.S. targeting Iran’s Bushehr or Natanz facilities. During the course of my research for that paper, I uncovered a connection between two of the key players in the Stuxnet drama: Vacon, the Finnish manufacturer of one of two frequency converter drives targeted by this malware; and RealTek, who’s digital certificate was stolen and used to smooth the way for the worm to be loaded onto...
  • 'Stuxnet virus set back Iran’s nuclear program by 2 years'

    12/15/2010 3:38:52 PM PST · by MissesBush · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/15/10 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Top German computer consultant tells 'Post' virus was as effective as military strike, a huge success; expert speculates IDF creator of virus. The Stuxnet virus, which has attacked Iran’s nuclear facilities and which Israel is suspected of creating, has set back the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program by two years, a top German computer consultant who was one of the first experts to analyze the program’s code told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. “It will take two years for Iran to get back on track,” Langer said in a telephone interview from his office in Hamburg, Germany. “This was nearly as...
  • WikiLeaks Employs Holocaust Denier Who Refers to Jews as a “Virus in Human Form”

    12/14/2010 5:28:41 PM PST · by macquire · 10 replies
    Note to the left: Take a good look, these are your heroes…
  • "Stuxnet" Computer Virus Knocks Iran Nuclear Program Down

    12/15/2010 2:44:18 PM PST · by Seth Forman · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Mr. Forman's Planet ^ | December 14, 2010 | Seth Forman
    December 14, 2010: THANKS AGAIN, ISRAEL! No one is willing to attribute the complete success of the “Stuxnet” computer malware virus to the Israeli Defense Forces, but no one doubts the IDF was the major force behind it. At any rate, at least one expert has told the Jerusalem Post that it has set back the Iranian nuclear program around two years, roughly what military strategists were hoping a full-scale bombing would have achieved. So, just as in September of 2007, when Israeli jets took out a North Korean-built nuclear reactor in Syria, and on June 7, 1981, when Israeli...
  • ‘Stuxnet virus set back Iran’s nuclear program by 2 years'

    12/14/2010 8:52:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12/14/10 | Yaakov Katz
    The Stuxnet virus, which has attacked Iran’s nuclear facilities and which Israel is suspected of creating, has set back the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program by two years, a top German computer consultant who was one of the first experts to analyze the program’s code told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. "It will take two years for Iran to get back on track," Langer said in a telephone interview from his office in Hamburg, Germany. "This was nearly as effective as a military strike, but even better since there are no fatalities and no full-blown war."
  • Vanity- Help! I've been infected with HDDRescue

    12/11/2010 8:29:26 PM PST · by TexasBarak · 55 replies
    Need some Freeper help here- I've seen this kind of thing mentioned on here before. My computer has become infected with a virus that tells me I have a "hard disk" problem, that can only be cured by registering their software (six or seven different versions, it would appear). This happened to my wife a couple of months ago with her laptop- she went in under "safe" mode, downloaded and installed Malware Bytes, and the problem was solved. We did the same tonight with my computer, but it did no good. does anyone have any ideas? Thanks in advance!
  • Stuxnet Worm Still Out of Control at Iran's Nuclear Sites, Experts Say

    12/09/2010 4:00:33 PM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 60 replies · 3+ views ^ | 12/9/2010 | Ed Barnes
    EXCLUSIVE: Iran's nuclear program is still in chaos despite its leaders' adamant claim that they have contained the computer worm that attacked their facilities, cybersecurity experts in the United States and Europe say. The American and European experts say their security websites, which deal with the computer worm known as Stuxnet, continue to be swamped with traffic from Tehran and other places in the Islamic Republic, an indication that the worm continues to infect the computers at Iran's two nuclear sites. The Stuxnet worm, named after initials found in its code, is the most sophisticated cyberweapon ever created. Examination of...
  • Help with New Pron-Ad Virus or Bot (vanity)

    12/06/2010 9:34:59 AM PST · by piytar · 27 replies
    vanity ^ | Dec. 6, 2010 | piytar
    Running Windows XP with Microsoft Security Essentials and Ad-Aware for protection. Getting random nasty (and I mean nasty) pron ads and links popping up. Sec Essentials and Ad-Aware scans show zilch. About to go through the misery of the Major Geek/Hijack This cleaning process, which takes hours (but does work). Thought I'd ask here first if anyone knew of a specific new pron virus/bot that's making the rounds. If so, it might help me clean it out quicker. Thanks! PS I do searches for manufacturing for certain clients, so I end up on Chinese mfg sites a bit. (Trying to...
  • HELP!!!! Ive been attacked by Avtain!

    12/05/2010 3:27:58 PM PST · by mylife · 96 replies
    the boweks of the interwebs | 12/5/10 | mylife
    Help! My Laptop was just hit by a virus called avtain. IT has rendered it useless. How can I get rid if it? I was running microsoft security essentials. on a windows 7 OS
  • A history of viruses on Linux

    11/29/2010 5:35:05 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 14 replies
    Neowin ^ | 27 November 2010 | Brandon Boyce
    We recently gave you a brief history of viruses on the Mac and as requested by a user we wanted to give you a history of viruses on Linux. Given the tight security integrated into Linux, it is difficult to take advantage of a vulnerability on the computer, but some programmers have found ways around the security measures. There are several free options for anti-virus on Linux that you really should use, even if it isn't always running - a weekly or monthly scan doesn't hurt. Free anti-virus solutions include: ClamAV, AVG, Avast and F-Prot. 1996: The cracker group VLAD...
  • Heads Up! Win 7 virus that attacks 'Activation'.

    11/23/2010 1:30:19 PM PST · by DGHoodini · 73 replies
    DGHoodini | 11/23/10 | DGHoodini
    Ran into a Win 7 PC problem today. I got a 'Win Activation Notice from Microsoft, telling me that my copy of Windows was not legitimate. Now my PC was running the same Win 7 copy that came preloaded on my PC from Toshiba, and I made sure it was activated within 24 hours of receiving it. I also have been running McAffee Security suite on it the entire time. On the Win Autehtication notice was a link to test my copy. I ran the software, and *It* was talling me my OS copy was illegitimate. I knew this not...
  • 'Stuxnet specifically targeted Iranian nuclear program' (New Details Revealed)

    11/20/2010 8:21:03 AM PST · by mojito · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/20/2010 | Staff
    The German computer security expert who first reported that the Stuxnet worm was designed to attack targets in Iran said the virus specifically attacked the country's nuclear program, in a report posted Friday. In his analysis, Ralph Langner said Stuxnet contained two distinct "digital warheads," specifically designed to attack military targets: Uranium enrichment plants and the Bushehr nuclear power plant. Langner said that the portion of the worm that targeted Uranium enrichment plants manipulated the speeds of mechanical parts in the enrichment process, which would ultimately "result in cracking the rotor, thereby destroying the centrifuge." He said the strategic importance...
  • The Insanity Virus

    11/18/2010 7:12:58 PM PST · by MetaThought · 26 replies
    Discover Magazine ^ | published online November 8, 2010 | Douglas Fox
    The Insanity VirusSchizophrenia has long been blamed on bad genes or even bad parents. Wrong, says a growing group of psychiatrists. The real culprit, they claim, is a virus that lives entwined in every person's DNA. by Douglas Fox Steven and David Elmore were born identical twins, but their first days in this world could not have been more different. David came home from the hospital after a week. Steven, born four minutes later, stayed behind in the ICU. For a month he hovered near death in an incubator, wracked with fever from what doctors called a dangerous viral infection....
  • Koobface Can Infect Linux Systems Too – But That is An Accident

    11/02/2010 4:56:45 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 15 replies
    Digitizer ^ | 1 November 2010 | Ricky
    Koobface is a trojan that has been going around in social networking sites like – Facebook, Twitter, MySpace etc. It originally started as a Windows only trojan. But a few days ago, a new variant emerged which can infect both Mac OS X and Linux.Infecting a Mac or a Linux system with Koobface is quite tedious. Unlike in Windows, users need to manually download a java applet and give it the permission to run – that should stop the trojan right there for most users. In Linux, it gets even better – even if the applet has been allowed to...
  • Ancient Virus Found Hiding Out in Finch Genome

    10/02/2010 11:21:25 AM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 1+ views
    ScienceNOW ^ | 28 September 2010 | Cassandra Willyard
    Enlarge Image Buried gem. Researchers have uncovered "fossil virus" inside the zebra finch genome. Credit: Peripitus/Wikimedia The hepatitis B virus and its ilk have been around for a long, long time. A newly uncovered "viral fossil" buried deep in the genome of the zebra finch indicates that the hepatitis B family of viruses—known as hepadnaviruses—originated at least 19 million years ago. Together with recent findings on other viruses, the work suggests that all viruses may be much older than thought. No one knows exactly where or when viruses originated. They don't leave fossils, so scientists have begun scouring the...
  • Bacteria turned into 'silver bullet' to combat flu [silver added to bacteria]

    10/18/2010 5:44:24 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 24 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:00PM BST 16 Oct 2010 | By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent
    Scientists have discovered that they can attach tiny studs of silver onto the surface of otherwise harmless bacteria, giving them the ability to destroy viruses. They have tested the silver-impregnated bacteria against norovirus, which causes winter vomiting outbreaks, and found that they leaves the virus unable to cause infections. The researchers now believe the same technique could help to combat other viruses, including influenza and those responsible for causing the common cold. Professor Willy Verstraete, a microbiologist from the University of Ghent, Belgium, who unveiled the findings at a meeting of the Society for Applied Microbiology in London last week,...
  • What really bugs Iran

    10/15/2010 8:22:08 AM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Amid the mass of published analysis of the Stuxnet virus, Iran's most obvious vulnerability to cyber-war has drawn little comment: much of the Islamic Republic runs on pirated software. The programmers who apparently cracked Siemens' industrial control code to plant malware in Iran's nuclear facilities needed a high degree of sophistication. Most Iranian computers, though, run on stolen software obtained from public servers sponsored by the Iranian government. It would require far less effort to bring about a virtual shutdown of computation in Iran, and the collapse of the Iranian economy. The information technology apocalypse that the West feared on...
  • Microsoft Exec Urges Government to Take Control of the Internet

    10/09/2010 10:02:46 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 9 October 2010 | John Semmens
    Scott Charney, Microsoft vice president of Trustworthy Computing, urged governments of the world to take control of the Internet “before something really bad happens.” “Governments wouldn’t stand idly by and allow human viruses to proliferate,” Charney argued. “They’d be taking steps to quarantine the infected before they passed germs on to others. They should do the same thing to protect the Internet from infection by computer viruses.” Charney contended that “too many people are using inferior software, much of it home-made. We can’t let this go on. We need rules in place that restrict access to the Internet so that...
  • Iran acknowledges espionage at nuclear facilities

    10/09/2010 10:05:07 AM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 2 replies · 2+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    TEHRAN, Iran – Iran acknowledged Saturday that some personnel at the country's nuclear facilities were lured by promises of money to pass secrets to the West but insisted increased security and worker privileges have put a stop to the spying. The stunning admission by Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi provides the clearest government confirmation that Iran has been fighting espionage at its nuclear facilities. In recent weeks, Iran has announced the arrest of several nuclear spies and battled a computer worm that it says is part of a covert Western plot to derail its nuclear program. And in July, a...
  • How Stuxnet is Scaring the Tech World Half to Death

    10/03/2010 8:09:37 AM PDT · by GVnana · 82 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 9/30/2010 | Jonathan V. Last
    The computer worm Stuxnet broke out of the tech underworld and into the mass media this week. It’s an amazing story: Stuxnet has infected roughly 45,000 computers. Sixty percent of these machines happen to be in Iran. Which is odd. What is odder still is that Stuxnet is designed specifically to attack a computer system using software from Siemens which controls industrial facilities such as factories, oil refineries, and oh, by the way, nuclear power plants. As you might imagine, Stuxnet raises big, interesting geo-strategic questions. Did a state design it as an attack on the Iranian nuclear program? Was...
  • Russian experts flee Iran, escape dragnet for cyber worm smugglers

    10/03/2010 8:34:55 PM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 35 replies
    debkafile's intelligence sources report from Iran that dozens of Russian nuclear engineers, technicians and contractors are hurriedly departing Iran for home since local intelligence authorities began rounding up their compatriots as suspects of planting the Stuxnet malworm into their nuclear program. Among them are the Russian personnel who built Iran's first nuclear reactor at Bushehr which Tehran admits has been damaged by the virus. One of the Russian nuclear staffers, questioned in Moscow Sunday, Oct. 3 by Western sources, confirmed that many of his Russian colleagues had decided to leave with their families after team members were detained for questioning...
  • Stuxnet raises virus stakes

    10/02/2010 8:19:45 PM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 19 replies
    Asia Times Online ^ | Martin J Young
    Industrial control systems made by German company Siemens, which are widely used in Iran, were the targets of the worm, indicating that its creators had advanced knowledge of these types of systems far beyond the scope of a most information technology experts. The code is so specialized that it targets only two models of Siemens programmable logic controllers, the S7 300 and S7 400, and will execute only if it finds very specific parameters within the machine. These controllers are usually associated with the management of oil pipeline systems, electrical power grids, and nuclear power plants
  • Software smart bomb fired at Iranian nuclear plant

    09/25/2010 9:11:15 AM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 51 replies
    SAN FRANCISCO: Computer security experts are studying a scary new cyber weapon: a software smart bomb that may have been crafted to find and sabotage a nuclear facility in Iran. Malicious software, or malware, dubbed "Stuxnet" is able to recognise a specific facility's control network and then destroy it, according to German computer security researcher Ralph Langner. "Welcome to cyber war," Langner said in a post at his website. "This is sabotage." Langner has been analyzing Stuxnet since it was discovered in June and said the code had a technology fingerprint of the control system it was seeking and would...
  • Stuxnet 'cyber superweapon' moves to China

    10/01/2010 1:43:09 PM PDT · by WellyP · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Sept. 2010 | Breitbart
    "A computer virus dubbed the world's "first cyber superweapon" by experts and which may have been designed to attack Iran's nuclear facilities has found a new target -- China. The Stuxnet computer worm has wreaked havoc in China, infecting millions of computers around the country, state media reported this week..."
  • Stuxnet Intrigue Deepens With Hidden Clues in Code

    10/01/2010 11:38:57 AM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 64 replies
    AOL News Surge Desk ^ | Dana Chivvis
    (Sept. 30) -- The intrigue surrounding the mysterious, highly sophisticated computer worm Stuxnet got a little more Dan Brownish today with the revelation that there may be hidden messages embedded in the malware's code. The New York Times reported this morning that one of the files in the worm was called "Myrtus," which may be a reference to the Old Testament Book of Esther, in which Jews thwart a Persian plot against them. Along with mysterious Myrtus were two numbers that might be additional clues to who is behind the worm. Or, as the Times points out, they could mean...
  • In a Computer Worm, a Possible Biblical Clue

    09/30/2010 11:59:40 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 26 replies
    nytimes ^ | 9/29 | By JOHN MARKOFF and DAVID E. SANGER
    Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran’s race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament tale in which the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot to destroy them. That use of the word “Myrtus” — which can be read as an allusion to Esther — to name a file inside the code is one of several murky clues that have emerged as computer experts try to trace the origin and purpose of the rogue Stuxnet program, which seeks out a specific kind...
  • In a Computer Worm, a Possible Biblical Clue (Myrtus)

    09/30/2010 9:16:19 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 34 replies
    NYT via CNBC ^ | Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 | 8:06 AM ET | John Markoff and David E. Sanger
    Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran’s race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament tale in which the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot to destroy them. That use of the word “Myrtus” — which can be read as an allusion to Esther — to name a file inside the code is one of several murky clues that have emerged as computer experts try to trace the origin and purpose of the rogue Stuxnet program, which seeks out a specific kind...