Saturday, October 2, 2010

Yahoo Question and Answer are harassing many peace activists

Yahoo Question and Answer are harassing many peace activists

What is the objective of the Jews?, Contemporary Jewish Quotes About non-Jews , Pre-Contemporary Jewish Quotes About non-Jews and Zionism Is Incompatible With Any Society clearly demonstrate Jewish targets, mindset and history! The following games of theirs make them insane!!

Israelis, Israeli supporters and Yahoo Question and Answer are harassing many peace activists

Iran arrests alleged nuclear cyberspace spies

  • From: NewsCore
  • October 03, 2010 1:17AM

IRAN has arrested several alleged nuclear spies amid speculation a powerful computer virus infected one of the country's main power plants.

Last month, the country denied its Bushehr nuclear station, which opened in August after 35 years of building delays, was badly affected by the Stuxnet worm.

The comments followed widespread suggestions that the super virus had spread through Iran's computerized industrial equipment, with some 30,000 IP addresses already suffering.

Intelligence minister Heydar Moslehi was quoted by Iran's Mehr news agency as saying his department was fully aware of the activities of "enemies' spy services." He did not, however, reveal exactly how many people were arrested.

Mr Moslehi said Iran discovered the "destructive activities of the arrogance (of Western powers) in cyberspace, and different ways to confront them have been designed and implemented".

He added, "I assure all citizens that the intelligence apparatus currently has complete supervision on cyberspace and will not allow any leak or destruction of our country's nuclear activities."

Experts believe the Stuxnet worm was designed to destroy or sabotage factories, power plants, refineries or other industrial installations. The advanced nature of the virus prompted suggestions it was almost certainly state-sponsored.

The nation’s nuclear ambitions are the source of much contention between Iran and the West, which suspects the Islamic republic seeks to develop atomic weapons under the guise of providing energy -- an allegation consistently denied by Iran.

Read more at Sky News.

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What is the objective of the Jews?

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Yahoo Q and A

Israeli Records Elevate Nazis to Sainthood!

Contemporary Jewish Quotes About non-Jews , Pre-Contemporary Jewish Quotes About non-Jews and Zionism Is Incompatible With Any Society clearly demonstrate Jewish targets, mindset and history! The following games of theirs make them insane!!

Why do we have to put up with Israeli virus?

Stuxnet is malware likely designed to infiltrate Iranian (60% of computers infected were in Iran) industrial computers which controlled numerous automated processes in factory production cycles. This virus has caused damage to many other parts of the world including USA, UK, Australia, … ! Many experts are saying it is an Israeli virus!!

Why do we have to put up with Israeli Terrorism, specifically nuclear Terrorism?

Does this nation have any respect for world peace, stability, humanity, justice and fairness? Does this rogue state would like to destroy the world?

Does Iran or any other nation for that matter require permission from Israel and USA before developing any technology?

For more: Israeli Nuclear Terrorism

This Brown Niger Should Investigate What is the objective of the Jews? and stop Israeli Nuclear Terrorism.


Obama blasts Iran leader over 'outrageous, offensive' 9/11 comments

Kate Andersen Brower

September 26, 2010

Obama: Iranian leader's comments 'hateful'

US President Barack Obama reacts Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's suggestion that the US was behind the World Trade Centre attacks.

NEW YORK: US President Barack Obama has slammed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's September 11 conspiracy theory comments at the United Nations as ''offensive'' and ''hateful''.

In his first comments on the Iranian leader's statement that the 2001 terrorist attacks on America may have been orchestrated to bolster the US economy and ''save the Zionist regime'', Mr Obama told BBC Persian that ''for him to make a statement like that was inexcusable''.

President Ahmadinejad's statements do not serve the interests of the Iranian people, says Barack Obama.

President Ahmadinejad's statements do not serve the interests of the Iranian people, says Barack Obama. Photo: Reuters

US and European diplomats walked out of the UN General Assembly hall on Friday when Mr Ahmadinejad delivered his remarks about the September 11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon.

Envoys representing Australia, Canada, Costa Rica and New Zealand also left during the speech.

The interview with BBC Persian is part of Mr Obama's attempt to communicate directly with the Iranian people as the US and other nations increase pressure on Mr Ahmadinejad's government to comply with UN demands that it halt uranium enrichment.

''To have a President who makes outrageous, offensive statements like this does not serve the interests of the Iranian people, does not strengthen Iran's stature in the world community,'' Mr Obama said.

The US, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia were united last week in telling Mr Ahmadinejad to comply with UN Security Council demands or remain under trade and financial sanctions. The council wants Iran to cease uranium enrichment and answer the International Atomic Energy Agency's questions about whether the effort is designed to achieve a weapons capability.

In his speech to the General Assembly on Friday, Mr Obama said while he was willing to negotiate, ''the Iranian government must demonstrate a clear and credible commitment, and confirm to the world the peaceful intent of its nuclear program''.

Mr Obama told BBC Persian that Mr Ahmadinejad's address ''defies not just common sense but basic sense - basic senses of decency that aren't unique to any particular country - they're common to the entire world''.

He drew a distinction between the Iranian people and their government, saying that when the September 11 attacks took place there was ''a natural sense of shared humanity and sympathy expressed within Iran''.

''It just shows once again sort of the difference between how the Iranian leadership and this regime operates and how I think the vast majority of the Iranian people who are respectful and thoughtful think about these issues,'' he said

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Does Iran or any other nation for that matter require permission from Israel and USA before developing any technology?

Further to Iran, American Game and Israeli Subordination and Israel and Palestine Talk for Peace While the Scared Obama Administration Rewards Israeli Terrorism! the whole world is suffering from Israeli terrorism.

This terrorist nation has unleashed viruses and it got the potential to start a nuclear war!

Naturally, the obvious question in the horizon, does this terrorist nation has any respect for the world peace, stability and humanity?

International Law Expert: Ahmadinejad is Right about 9/11!

President Ahmadinejad interview with Fox News Network (Very badly edited) clearly demonstrate the fact that majority of the American media outlets are worse than drug addict and lacking manner.

Should anyone have any respect for fairness, notion of justice and free speech then please compare these Agenda Items and speeches and let us know who is right and wrong:

1. Agenda Items and Resolution of WORLD CONFERENCE AGAINST RACISM 2001

2. Full Text of President Ahmadinejad’s Remarks at U.N. Conference on Racism

3. Address by H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - 23 September 2010

4. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the UN General Assembly, Sept. 24, 2009

Source: Zaki Ameen and Israeli Slaves

The first strike was made digital (A Must Read Article)

Security Experts: Possible Israeli Cyber Attack Sabotaged Iran’s Bushehr Reactor

bushehr plant computer screen

Bushehr nuclear plant computer screen displaying software program attacked by Stuxnet worm ((UPI/Mohammad Kheirkhah)

Though the Stuxnet cyber-attack which likely targeted Iran’s nuclear facilities may’ve begun as early as 2009, computer security experts have only this month published their full analysis of one of the most sophisticated and powerful computers worms ever developed, and what industrial damage it may’ve done.

Stuxnet is malware likely designed to infiltrate Iranian (60% of computers infected were in Iran) industrial computers which controlled numerous automated processes in factory production cycles. The most likely target according to most experts consulted would be Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor complex, which last year was reported by Israeli media to have been sabotaged and faced extensive production delays. Since Bushehr is using Russian-supplied fuel not related to centrifuges or uranium enrichment, it seems unlikely they were the goal. But there clearly is some key industrial process likely targeted at Bushehr and the worm may’ve either destroyed equipment or corrupted a production cycle central to the reactor’s function.

By all accounts. the worm is so advanced, performs so many functions, and operates in such a complex fashion that it can only have been produced by the intelligence agency of a sovereign nation. We can imagine which nations would have the capacity to mount such an operation and the motivation to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program. The CIA and Mossad (or IDF military intelligence) spring to mind. My money is either on Israel and a shared operation mounted in some way by both countries.

IDF military intelligence has such a capability, Unit 8200, which analyzes intercepted communications and performs all manner of cyber-warfare tasks. A recent profile of the group described its operations in some detail though didn’t deal with the question of whether 8200 may’ve been involved in this attack. Forbes published this warm and fuzzy profile as well making 8200 out to be a real cool version of Silicon Valley.

This military unit performs a similar role in Israeli society to that of the Silicon Valley here. Since most Israelis serve in the army, this [8200] is where the techno-geeks among them gravitate. And when they exit their military service with their advanced technical training, they not only create commerical technology start-ups, they also continue developing products for Israel’s security apparatus. Such an 8200 alumnus founded Carmel Ventures, an Israeli venture capital outfit which funded Yuval Tal’s Payoneer, a U.S. company providing prepaid debit cards to its customers, who happened to be two of the Mossad hitmen who “hit” Mahmoud al-Mabouh in Dubai.

Since I don’t claim to be a computer security expert, but feel that Stuxnet is a very important development not only in and of itself, but also for the impact it will have on the Iran nuclear debate, I’m going to quote at some length from the recent technical articles about it in industry publications. It’s really fascinating stuff even for a layperson. Let’s start with PCWorld:

Researchers studying the worm all agree that Stuxnet was built by a very sophisticated and capable attacker — possibly a nation state — and it was designed to destroy something big…some of the researchers who know Stuxnet best say that it may have been built to sabotage Iran’s nukes.

…Last week Ralph Langner, a well-respected expert on industrial systems security, published an analysis of the worm, which targets Siemens software systems, and suggested that it may have been used to sabotage Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor...Bushehr reportedly experienced delays last year, several months after Stuxnet is thought to have been created, and according to screen shots of the plant posted by UPI, it uses the Windows-based Siemens PLC software targeted by Stuxnet.

…One of the things that Langner discovered is that when Stuxnet finally identifies its target, it makes changes to a piece of Siemens code called Organizational Block 35. This Siemens component monitors critical factory operations — things that need a response within 100 milliseconds. By messing with Operational Block 35, Stuxnet could easily cause a refinery’s centrifuge to malfunction, but it could be used to hit other targets too, Byres said. “The only thing I can say is that it is something designed to go bang,” he said.

…This is not something that your run-of-the-mill hacker can pull off. Many security researchers think that it would take the resources of a nation state to accomplish.

Last year, rumors began surfacing that Israel might be contemplating a cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

It is common for such malware to exploit a single weakness to infect a computer or system, but Stuxnet uses four separate vulnerabilities, which is unheard of for such worms. It also uses two forged digital certificates, which further indicates the highly sophisticated nature of the attack. It is important to note that Israel’s high tech industry has made a specialty of developing digital certificates. As one of my readers who specializes in IT wrote:

Public and private key technology (the basis of certificates) is indeed an Israeli computer specialty. The Weizman Institute in fact is the premier research university for such things.

What better country to forge a digital certificate than one whose techno hackers specialize in creating them? When you know a technology you also know how to exploit its weaknesses.

CNET’s report amplifies on Langner’s findings:

“With the forensics we now have, it is evident and provable that Stuxnet is a directed sabotage attack involving heavy insider knowledge,” he wrote. “The attack combines an awful lot of skills–just think about the multiple zero-day vulnerabilities, the stolen certificates, etc. This was assembled by a highly qualified team of experts, involving some with specific control system expertise. This is not some hacker sitting in the basement of his parents’ house. To me, it seems that the resources needed to stage this attack point to a nation state.”

Computerworld’s report quotes Symantec experts who have studied the worm extensively:

The Stuxnet worm is a “groundbreaking” piece of malware so devious in its use of unpatched vulnerabilities, so sophisticated in its multipronged approach, that the security researchers who tore it apart believe it may be the work of state-backed professionals.

“It’s amazing, really, the resources that went into this worm,” said Liam O Murchu, manager of operations with Symantec’s security response team.

“I’d call it groundbreaking,” said Roel Schouwenberg, a senior antivirus researcher at Kaspersky Lab. In comparison, other notable attacks, like the one dubbed Aurora that hacked Google’s network and those of dozens of other major companies, were child’s play.

Here they analyze in greater details the particular ways in which Stuxnet operates and the technical ambition and complexity required to create it:

Once within a network — initially delivered via an infected USB device — Stuxnet used the EoP [elevation of privilege] vulnerabilities to gain administrative access to other PCs, sought out systems running the WinCC and PCS 7 SCADA management programs, hijacked them by exploiting either the print spooler or MS08-067 bugs, then tried the default Siemens passwords to commandeer the SCADA software.

They could then reprogram the so-called PLC (programmable logic control) software to give machinery new instructions.

On top of all that, the attack code seemed legitimate because the people behind Stuxnet had stolen at least two signed digital certificates.

“The organization and sophistication to execute the entire package is extremely impressive,” said Schouwenberg. “Whoever is behind this was on a mission to get into whatever company or companies they were targeting.”

O Murchu seconded that. “There are so many different types of execution needs that it’s clear this is a team of people with varied backgrounds, from the rootkit side to the database side to writing exploits,” he said.

The malware, which weighed in a nearly half a megabyte — an astounding size, said Schouwenberg — was written in multiple languages, including C, C++ and other object-oriented languages, O Murchu added.

“And from the SCADA side of things, which is a very specialized area, they would have needed the actual physical hardware for testing, and [they would have had to] know how the specific factory floor works,” said O Murchu.

“Someone had to sit down and say, ‘I want to be able to control something on the factory floor, I want it to spread quietly, I need to have several zero-days,’” O Murchu continued. “And then pull together all these resources. It was a big, big project.”

…Put all that together, and the picture is “scary,” said O Murchu.

So scary, so thorough was the reconnaissance, so complex the job, so sneaky the attack, that both O Murchu or Schouwenberg believe it couldn’t be the work of even an advanced cybercrime gang.

“I don’t think it was a private group,” said O Murchu. “They weren’t just after information, so a competitor is out. They wanted to reprogram the PLCs and operate the machinery in a way unintended by the real operators. That points to something more than industrial espionage.”

The necessary resources, and the money to finance the attack, puts it out the realm of a private hacking team, O Murchu said.

“This threat was specifically targeting Iran,” he continued. “It’s unique in that it was able to control machinery in the real world.”

“All the different circumstances, from the multiple zero-days to stolen certificates to its distribution, the most plausible scenario is a nation-state-backed group,” said Schouwenberg

Symantec has also published a more technically detailed analysis of Stuxnet for the more adept among you.

Let’s step back and ask a few questions. While Stuxnet and other types of sabotage may’ve delayed Iran’s nuclear production and research, do we really believe that Iran’s scientists are so simple and naive that they would create only a single track for their work? Do we really believe this will cause any more than a temporary delay for them in developing their nuclear technology? No matter how damaging the worm is, no matter how impressive the technical achievement that brought it forth, it’s at best a stop-gap measure. As such, it doesn’t get at the root issue or the root way to resolve the problem which, once again like a broken record, I proclaim to anyone who will listen is a negotiated diplomatic solution.

Whatever Iran is trying to do cannot be stopped except by negotiation or war, leading to toppling the regime and replacing it with a West-compliant one (and good luck with that).

In regards to the latter option, if Israel deliberately used cyber-sabotage in order to mess with the minds and facilities of Iranian scientists, they may’ve coupled such an operation with a more deliberate one to bomb the facilities later. Such a two-pronged approach would make more sense from a military-intelligence perspective than simply messing up the production schedule of Bushehr for a year. But again, what do I know, I’m only speculating. Educated speculation by someone who has studied such minds at work for some time–but speculation nonetheless.

Paul Woodward, as usual, was one of the first bloggers to note a connection between Stuxnet and a possible U.S. or Israeli attack on Iran.


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