“Here you are” worm tied to political attack
[From v3.co.uk]: The recent outbreak of an e-mail malware worm is the work of a hacker group opposing the United States’ involvement in the Middle East, say security researchers.
SecureWorks is reporting that the fast-moving “Here You Are” malware was the work of the ‘Brigades of Tariq ibn Ziyad,’ a group the security firm describes as a ‘cyber-jihad’ organisation whose goals include infiltrating US government and military systems.
The e-mail worm made headlines last week when it was discovered to have infected ten of thousands of corporate systems. Computers in the offices of Disney, Google, Coca-Cola and NASA were among those compromised by the malware.
Joe Stewart, director of malware research for the SecureWorks counter threat unit, said that there were a number of clues tying the group to the attack including references to a hacker named “Iraq_Resistance.”
Stewart said that the hacker is believed to be based in Libya and has a history of leading efforts to compromise US military systems both in the Middle East and Europe as well as the US.
A YouTube video claiming to be from Iraq_Resistance further pointed to political motivations for the attack.
Using a computer-generated voice, the video dismissed the label of ‘terrorism’ for the malware outbreak and said that there is no intent to damage or “smash” any of the infected systems.
The video criticises US involvement in Iraq and the actions of Terry Jones, a Florida pastor who gained headlines for his threat to burn copies of the Koran at a public event.
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