It also displays an image that it claims reveals images of child sexual abuse have been viewed on a computer.
The Windows virus locks a computer and only returns control to its owner on payment of a 100 euro (£86) fine.
It purports to be collecting cash on behalf of German copyright authorities and the country’s national computer security agency.
The virus amounted to “digital extortion” and victims should not pay up, said [...]
The United States used U.S.-Israeli spy software to hack into the French presidential office earlier this year, the French cyberwarfare agency has concluded, according to the newsmagazine l’Express.
The magazine reported late Tuesday that the computers of several close advisers to then-president Nicolas Sarkozy – including Chief of Staff Xavier Musca – were compromised in May by a computer virus that bears the hallmarks of Flame, which was allegedly created by a U.S.-Israeli team to [...]
Computer systems at the Saudi oil giant Aramco have been taken offline by a computer virus only days after a similar attack.
It is the second cyber attack targeting the Aramco computer network in less than a month.
A ‘hacktivist’ group named the Cutting Sword of Justice has claimed responsibility for the attack on August 15 in an online forum, saying the company was the main source of income for the Saudi [...]
“The Corzine incident was a beta test implemented by the banking cartel to measure the extent of public and Congressional reaction to overt theft of customer funds, according to Posel”.
“The final coup planned by the bankers involves a bit of deception, a false-flag attack blamed on China, Russia or Iran, maybe, in which the Federal Reserve will initiate a ‘bank holiday’ on a Friday due to a computer ‘virus’ which allegedly threatens [...]
14 minutes. “PART 1 of 2: Writer & researcher Susanne Posel of Occupycorporatism.com joins SGT for an in-depth conversation about the government’s plans for martial law in the United States. Susanne shares her insights about the preparatory measures the DHS and military are taking, and why: “They know the collapse is coming,” says Susanne. “So they are preparing for it.” Susanne also shares shocking information about a computer banking virus that [...]
About a quarter-million computer users around the world are at risk of losing Internet access on Monday because of malicious software at the heart of a hacking scam that U.S. authorities shut down last November.
Yet experts said only a tiny fraction of computer users were at risk, and Internet providers would be on call to quickly restore service. They said they considered the threat to be small compared with more-prevalent [...]
Ellen Nakashima, Greg Miller and Julie Tate
June 20, 2012
The United States and Israel jointly developed a sophisticated computer virus nicknamed Flame that collected intelligence in preparation for cyber-sabotage aimed at slowing Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon, according to Western officials with knowledge of the effort.
The massive piece of malwaresecretly mapped and monitored Iran’s computer networks, sending back a steady stream of intelligence to prepare for a cyberwarfare campaign, [...]
By Ellen Nakashima, Greg Miller and Julie Tate, Tuesday, June 19, 3:07 PM
The United States and Israel jointly developed a sophisticated computer virus nicknamed Flame that collected critical intelligence in preparation for cyber-sabotage attacks aimed at slowing Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon, according to Western officials with knowledge of the effort.
The massive piece of malware was designed to secretly map Iran’s computer networks and monitor the computers of Iranian officials, sending back a steady stream of intelligence used [...]
Cyberwarfare is developing eerie parallels with the race to build the first nuclear weapons warned the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists today.
Claiming that western governments in the United States and Israel are not thinking of the potential ramifications of developing cyberweapons such as Stuxnet and Flame, scientists with the Bulletin urged caution.
Making the comparison of the United States first use of nuclear weapons on Japan in 1945 without full knowledge [...]
Virus attacking Iran given ‘self destruct’ order
The Flame computer virus that has been attacking Middle Eastern energy facilities, primarily in Iran, has been ordered to self destruct, Symantec anti-virus company stated Sunday.
The origin of the Flame virus has been the subject of wide speculation. A number of Israeli computer experts told The Jerusalem Post that the complexity of the Flame bears the hallmarks of a program engineered by a state.
Figures released by the Kaspersky Lab show that infections by the programme were spread across the Middle East with 98 incidents in the West Bank, 32 in Sudan and 30 in Syria.
Other countries where the virus was detected include Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Unlike the Stuxnet virus that was previously used to disrupt Iranian systems, Flame does not disrupt or terminate systems, Professor Yitzhak Ben Yisrael, the former head of [...]
Cyber experts: Spyware too sophisticated to have come from anywhere else
The Flame computer virus which is threatening to bring countries to a standstill is too sophisticated to have been created anywhere other than the U.S., it was claimed today.
As the United Nations prepares to issue its ‘most serious warning’ to guard against the superbug, cyber experts said it carried all the markings of a U.S. espionage operation.
Specifically, they have pointed [...]
‘Flame’ bug has been used to hack into Iran computers
Trojan superbug 100 times bigger than most forms of malicious software
The United Nations is set to issue an urgent warning to guard against the most powerful computer virus ever unleashed amid fears it could be used to bring countries to a standstill.
In what was being seen last night as the dawn of a new era in cyber warfare, UN computer security [...]
Machines infected with virus being ‘kept alive’ by FBI
Operation costing so much FBI will ‘pull plug’ on 9 July
350,000 PCs infected, mostly private individuals
80,000 victims in U.S., 20,000 in UK
On 9 July this year, the internet will suddenly ‘turn off’ for thousands of users around the world.
Around 350,000 PC users have machines infected with an invisible, undetectable ‘Trojan’ computer virus called DNSChanger, which sends users of the Web to unintended [...]
First there was the Stuxnet computer virus that wreaked havoc on Iran‘s nuclear program. Now comes “Duqu,” which researchers on Tuesday said appears to be quite similar.
Security software firm Symantec said in a report it was alerted by a research lab with international connections on Friday to a malicious code that “appeared to be very similar to Stuxnet.” It was named Duqu because it creates files with “DQ” in the prefix.
WASHINGTON – The Air Force says the computer virus that hit the unmanned drone program last month was not directed at the military systems, but was common malware used to steal log-ins and passwords used in online gaming.
Air Force officials said the virus infected ground systems that are separate from drone flight controls and did not affect operations.
An Air Force Space Command spokeswoman, Col. [...]
A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones.
The virus, first detected nearly two weeks ago by the military’s Host-Based Security System, has not prevented pilots at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada from flying their missions overseas. Nor have there been any confirmed incidents of classified [...]
There’s big money in scaring people into thinking they have a nasty computer virus. But you might also scare up a visit from international police.
On Wednesday the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI and cooperating overseas agencies said they had indicted two Latvians accused of running a “scareware” ring, infecting the computers of 960,000 users with phony anti-virus software. The programs trick users into believing [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama has signed executive orders that lay out how far military commanders around the globe can go in using cyberattacks and other computer-based operations against enemies and as part of routine espionage in other countries.
The orders detail when the military must seek presidential approval for a specific cyber assault on an enemy and weave cyber capabilities into U.S. war fighting [...]
By Hiawatha Bray, Globe Staff
Personal information about an unknown number of Massachusetts residents may have been stolen from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, after hundreds of the agency’s computers were infected with a computer worm.
“Unfortunately, like many government and non-government organizations we were targeted by criminal hackers who penetrated our system with a new strain of a virus,” said Joanne F. [...]