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August 15, 2006

Entering the Age of Computer Warfare

So Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, now has a blog (http://www.ahmadinejad.ir/). It’s sorta neat to see the varying rates of propaganda-mechanism uptake by various world governments. But what’s really interesting is what happens when you visit the blog from an Israeli IP address.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that the site tries to exploit a vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer in order to infect your computer with a trojan.

I wonder what the trojan does.

I’ve never seen a deliberate attack on individual civilians’ personal computers from the government of a hostile nation. If this is the first, I suspect it won’t be the last.

UPDATE: I emphasize that those were unconfirmed reports. The Register — home, itself, to frequent unconfirmed reports — has this skeptical analysis.

Disclaimer Haiku:
West wind seems to say,
"This is not legal advice;
I'm not your lawyer."

(And if you're a client with whom I have a preexisting attorney-client relationship, this still isn't legal advice.)

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