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Anti-US Hacker Takes Credit For Worm 221

Posted by timothy
from the sociopath-with-a-heart-of-gold dept.
angry tapir writes "Credit for the "Here You Have" worm (recently discussed on Slashdot), has been taken by a hacker known as 'Iraq Resistance' who says the worm was designed, in part, as a propaganda tool. He said he had not expected the worm to spread as broadly as it had, and noted that he could have done much more damage to victims. 'I could smash all those infected but I wouldn't,' said the hacker. 'I hope all people understand that I am not negative person!' In other parts of the message, he was critical of the US war in Iraq. For a brief period early the worm accounted for about 10 percent of the spam on the Internet."
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Anti-US Hacker Takes Credit For Worm

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  • "Anti-US" Hacker? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by geminidomino (614729) on Monday September 13, 2010 @08:18AM (#33559862) Journal

    Where do they get that? Plenty of Americans with functioning synapses say the same damn thing about the Iraq Clusterfuck, and Terry Jones *IS* a fucking troglodyte.

    I mean, okay... There's not really any excuse for releasing malicious code on anyone, so he gets no pass there. But if the only communication from him and info about him is from that video... shit, he addresses "Americans" more rationally then the two sides of the idiot aisle do each other.

  • Re:Luddite victims. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by FriendlyLurker (50431) on Monday September 13, 2010 @08:26AM (#33559906)
    Backfire, true: It will just be held up as an excuse to Kill Switch the internet [youtube.com], remove anonymous access - China's state media is already calling for teaming up with the US [xinhuanet.com] to remove anonymous internet access. Sure any registration system will be far from a perfect net - full of holes and work around's for the technically adept - but they only have to get the majority to use it and it will be enough to destroy the Internets potential to bring true accountability and openness to our respective governments. Something that our traditional media channels have utterly failed to do [wordpress.com].
  • Re:Luddite victims. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Ailure (853833) on Monday September 13, 2010 @08:36AM (#33559974) Homepage

    If it's even meant to backfire, if there was a group I wanted to discredit I would spread a virus in the name of said group instead of the group I take part.

    I don't believe it's the case in the situation though. Experience tells me that most people don't realize that protesting through destructive means rarely works well...

  • Worm smash! (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Issarlk (1429361) on Monday September 13, 2010 @08:37AM (#33559986)
    "I could smash all those infected but I wouldn't..."

    I personnaly find it _amazing_ that none of the worm writer so far used them to destroy the computers. Really, that must be tempting, isn't it? Hundred of thousands of computer that you wipe with the push of a button.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, 2010 @08:43AM (#33560030)

    This guy sounds like a drunk I saw getting arrested at a club recently. He tried to throw a punch at a bartender, got tackled by club security, then started screaming that he deliberately didn't hit hard or wasn't trying to aim accurately as he was being held down for the local police to haul him off.

    This worm writer was too incompetent to actually have done more damage. I'm sure he was trying to, but because IT people and AV makers reacted to it in a fairly short amount of time, he is just excusing it as he didn't hit hard enough.

    And what did this get mr "Iraq Resistance"? Nothing. This guy is nothing more than a glorified script kiddie that would have gotten kickbanned from any meaningful IRC channel the second he typed in his first line of text.

    Maybe he should go back to spamming random message boards with anti-US slogans and calling himself an uber haxx0r because he can manually type in a CAPTCHA.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, 2010 @09:27AM (#33560362)

    What other reason is there to oppose the mosque if not due to an anti-Islamic mindset? Would you be up for the banning of any church's being built around the Alfred P. Murrah building in OKC due to the fact that the bombers were Christian?

  • by Abcd1234 (188840) on Monday September 13, 2010 @09:46AM (#33560492) Homepage

    How can you oppose a mosque a couple blocks away from ground zero and not be, at least a little bit, anti-Islamic? Upon what other basis would you oppose such a thing, save that you believe the 9/11 terrorists == Islam, and therefore Islam is bad and a mosque is somehow, by it's very association with that religion, "disrespectful" of the victims of 9/11?

    Would you similarly oppose a church being built a couple blocks away from the site of an abortion clinic bombing?

  • Re:Luddite victims. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by FriendlyLurker (50431) on Monday September 13, 2010 @11:45AM (#33561744)

    I discarded ideology decades ago when I realized what a mug's game it was.

    Sure no problem - but do you really want to discard "news" backed by independently verifiable facts while you were at it? That is all most of the "we" in the "you lot out there" you are referring to want - news along with the source material free of spin... pretty simple really, and nothing to do with ideology. We can all pile our own ideology on top afterward.

    Old Media is mostly echo spin chamber devoid of any verifiable facts - the "polarization" you observe on the internet is the opposite beginning to seep through - message from outside the echo chamber trickling through in polar opposite to the mainstream old media rhetoric. If it is quality online news then it references every source that the message was based on. Of course this does not mean they are all reliable or trustworthy - the majority still are not - which is why "we" are all calling for the source material along with our news summary soundbites. Here is one overview of the "new media" landscape [blogspot.com], one of many - but this one happens to include more on your point of view that the internet is nothing more than a bunch of rabid ideology.

  • Time to grow up (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Citizen of Earth (569446) on Monday September 13, 2010 @12:37PM (#33562368)
    I wish these pussies would stop fooling around. They need to make their worms destroy all data on every computer they touch. This is the only way that anyone will ever take security seriously, including Microsoft.
  • Re:Luddite victims. (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 13, 2010 @12:56PM (#33562626)

    Yes, I agree.

    Its much better to have just ignored the people who did this. I mean, what more could they do? ...

    A cruise missile hitting Mecca would have very little actual damage. Even a few casualties would be the merest Pinprick to the Global Islamic Community. I think the response would belie that though.

  • Re:Luddite victims. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by ScrewMaster (602015) * on Monday September 13, 2010 @01:14PM (#33562850)

    Yes, I agree.

    Its much better to have just ignored the people who did this. I mean, what more could they do? ...

    A cruise missile hitting Mecca would have very little actual damage. Even a few casualties would be the merest Pinprick to the Global Islamic Community. I think the response would belie that though.

    Well ... to be fair he did say he was playing devils' advocate. But yeah, I agree with you: there would be consequences for that. Surprised nobody's done it yet, just to watch the global conflagration.

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