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Cyberwar got nothing new as it had happened during the first Iraq war

I was told by an antivirus expert that all radars sold to Iraq were planted with virus codes or secret back doors. Western powers activated computer viruses hidden in the radar system to destroy Saddam Hussein’s military radars before invasion.

Malaysia should engage antivirus experts to screen and check its military hardwares are free from malicious codes.

Also, the expert told me Windows OSs have secret back door for Microsoft to enter your PC unnoticed.

Flame virus prompts Microsoft to boost Windows security

Reuters

Boston: Discovery of the Flame virus that mainly affected computers in the Middle East, has prompted Microsoft Corp to strengthen the security of a Windows program that helps customers secure their PCs and update software.

Mike Reavey, senior director of the Microsoft Security Response Center, said in a blog post that the world’s biggest software maker plans to boost security measures on the Windows Update software that is included with the operating system that runs the majority of the world’s PCs.

Microsoft disclosed over the weekend that the hackers who built Flame exploited a flaw in Windows that allowed them to trick PCs into believing it was a legitimate piece of software from Microsoft. The software was then downloaded onto computers using the Microsoft Update feature.

News of the Flame virus surfaced a week ago when cyber security experts described it as one of the most sophisticated pieces of malicious software discovered to date. They are still investigating the virus, which they believe was released specifically to target computers in Iran and across the Middle East, similar to the Stuxnet worm that attacked Iran’s nuclear program in 2010.

The security experts said Flame likely only infected several thousand computers and was targeted at entities that would be of interest to nations involved in espionage.

Microsoft said on its website on Sunday that it was releasing software to fix the bug using its Windows Update system. But security experts said machines infected with some advanced viruses may not benefit from that update because those viruses had disabled the Windows Update software.

That is partially what prompted the need to further boost the security of the Windows Update feature, they said.

“If Microsoft is going to ‘harden’ the update feature, they must also prevent writers of malicious software from disabling the updating process on local computers,” said John Bumgarner, chief technology officer of the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, a non-profit think-tank that studies the impact of cyber warfare.

Microsoft disclosed the plan to boost security of Windows Update late Monday on a Microsoft Security Response Center blog: blogs.technet.com/b/msrc/

Company officials could not immediately be reached to elaborate on Tuesday morning.

Yet Reavey said in a blog posted on Sunday that it was taking the flaw in Windows seriously because the bug could be exploited by developers of less sophisticated viruses to launch more widespread attacks.

Microsoft declined to say whether such attacks have already taken place.

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Manja says:

nkkhoo

Meludah ke langit terkena muka sendiri!

shirley says:

nkkhoo

Be warned that you blog and your out-dated PC could be wiped out by the “Internet Doomsday” virus next Monday.

Remember to use protection (unlike CSL when he is screwing)!

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/tech/article/virus-could-black-out-nearly-250000-pcs/

nkkhoo says:

I am knowledgeable than 99% Malaysians on virus.

Yus says:

Malaysia Defence uses Kapersky anti-virus sure got no problem right? Western powers no need to plant virus, can buy defence secrets directly from Umno traitors as in the case of submarine.

nkkhoo says:

Our antivirus expert in Penang was invited by US government to conduct covert operation [he refused to involve in Iraq war], and he is ignored by our own military for his skill in the cyberwar.

BN government has no shy to spend millions to hire foreign experts which can be sourced locally.

Singapore will not hesitate to hire him to lead its cyber warfare operation if my friend in Penang nods his head.

liou liao says:

nkkhoo got to watch his grammar otherwise Astro’s Oh My English can get many references from his blog.
believe nkkhoo like most chinse educated tend to think in mandarin and write in english hence the slip.

nkkhoo says:

Astro wanted to pick fault on other’s grammar is a joke, it has to watch its own English dubbing texts first.

I will not spend precious time to make sure proper English is used in a blog, but the messages I convey are more important.

Prof Khoo says:

“Cyberwar is not new, it was happened during the first Iraq war”

better phrase should be “Cyberwar is nothing new as it has happened during the first Iraq war”

no offence but just to promote proper usage; cheers bro