Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Stuxnet code hints at possible Israeli origin, researchers say

Security researchers today offered another tantalizing clue about the 
possible origins of the notorious Stuxnet worm, but cautioned against 
reading too much from the obscure tea leaves.

In a paper released today and presented at a Vancouver, British Columbia 
security conference, a trio of Symantec researchers noted that Stuxnet 
includes references in its code to the 1979 execution of a prominent 
Jewish Iranian businessman.

Buried in Stuxnet's code is a marker with the digits "19790509" that the 
researchers believe is a "do-not infect" indicator. If the marker equals 
that value, Stuxnet stops in its tracks, and does not infect the 
targeted PC.

The researchers -- Nicolas Falliere, Liam O Murchu and Eric Chen -- 
speculated that the marker represents a date: May 9, 1979.

"While on May 9, 1979, a variety of historical events occurred, 
according to Wikipedia "Habib Elghanian was executed by a firing squad 
in Tehran sending shock waves through the closely knit Iranian Jewish 
community," the researchers wrote. 
 
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40 comments:

  1. LOL i knew it hehe go to my blog please..in eed your help..

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  2. Interesting... However I still think that trouble comes from those places and religion is bullshit...

    No religion = No war

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  3. interesting...

    supporting you.

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  4. Well wouldn't it make sense....it's been targeting muslim sites!!!! DAmn Jews

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  5. Interesting post, I always wonder how many secret codes have yet to be discovered and translated in this world. If you've ever watched Alias, you might know what im getting at =P

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  6. Just found your blog, very cool. That is pretty interesting, wonder if it was on purpose or just a coincidence. Following and supporting. :)

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  7. why to people make viruses anyways- =\

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  8. @ikatashi - two reasons: havoc and money

    "19790509" that bit is the coolest part. A do-not infect code? How William Gibson is this?

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  9. The code ACTUALLY came from the internet. :)

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  10. Aren't viruses usually made by the people who make the anti-viruses.. money making.

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  11. good thing I visited your blog today!

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  12. It's good to see that you're beating inertia today :)

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  13. In all honesty, I have no idea what's going on.

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  14. Interesting read. I wonder how hard it is to make a super computer virus like that.

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  15. Wait... What? It wasn't the Chinese or the Russians?

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  16. You've got some good creativity in this blog!

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  17. viruses are such a waste of time, it's like pointless evil


    www.modernefusion.blogspot.com

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  18. quite the post there. It's funny how much computer and network systems behave like they are organisms in their own right already. Laws, internal organs, sensory, and ... viruses.

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  19. This is exactly what is wrong with religion >_>

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  20. And there are many more codes we don't even know about much less translate it to human language...

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