Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Iranian President is cyber-terrorist?

According to several reports, looks like this might be the case: Wonkette has a roundup of links.

The Presidential blog allegedly attempts to download a trojan when there is a request from an Israeli IP address.

The Arab/Israeli cyberwar has been going on for years. It is not suprising that Iran might be involved. But what is absolutely dumbfounding is the idea that the President of a country with 25 million citizens would demean himself this way.

The attack does not appear to be embedded in the blog itself, instead it appears to be a separate attack that is launched at any Israeli IP address that contacts the blog. It would be interesting to know whether this is unique to the Presidential blog or a general feature of the facility.

Either way it is either extreemly amateurish and unprofessional or extreemly amateurish and Machiavelian. Iran's recent policy seems to be to keep international tensions stoked as high as possible. This keeps the oil price high and allows the regime to play the 'foreign threat' card so beloved of dictators.

Update: It is being reported as a bug in Norton Anti-Virus. Which makes more sense.

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