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September 12, 2005

A moral virus?

Forwarded from a friend:

A new Trojan horse program circulating around the Internet this week
appears to be on a moral mission to stamp out adult Web sites, according
to security research firm Sophos (Profile, Products, Articles) PLC.

Instead of snooping for sensitive financial information or secretly taking
control of an infected computer, the Trojan, called Yusufali-A, monitors
Web surfing habits. When it spots an objectionable term such as "sex" or
"exhibition," in the browser's title bar, it hides the Web site and
instead pops up a message taken from the Koran, said Gregg Mastoras, a
senior security analyst with Sophos.

"Allah knows how ye move about and how ye dwell in your homes," reads part
of the message, Mastoras said.

If the user does not quit the offending Web site, the Trojan will
eventually displays a message reading "Oh! NO i'm in the Cage" and force
the computer to log-out.

Thanks, Saad!

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Posted by dymaxion at September 12, 2005 09:33 PM


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