al Qaeda/Windows XP

in General Discussion edited January 2014
[quote]A suspected member of the Al Qaeda terrorist network claimed that Islamic militants infiltrated Microsoft and sabotaged the company's Windows XP operating system, according to a source close to Indian police.

Mohammad Afroze Abdul Razzak, arrested by Mumbai (Bombay) police Oct. 2, has admitted to helping plot terrorist attacks in India, Britain and Australia, India's Hindustan Times newspaper reported Saturday.

During interrogation, Afroze, 25, also claimed that a member or members of Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network, posing as computer programmers, were able to gain employment at Microsoft and attempted to plant "trojans, trapdoors, and bugs in Windows XP," according to Ravi Visvesvaraya Prasad, a New Delhi information systems and telecommunication consultant.

Prasad, moderator of an Internet mailing list on south Asia security and information warfare, told Newsbytes that Afroze made the claims in a police confession.

Officials in the Mumbai police commissioner's office were not immediately available for comment.

Afroze has told Indian authorities that he was part of a team of Al Qaeda terrorists that planned to hijack an aircraft in London on Sept. 11 and crash it into the British House of Commons or into London's Tower Bridge, according to the Hindustan Times, which obtained parts of Afroze's confession.

British intelligence officials have dismissed the claims, according to a report last week in the Guardian, a British newspaper.

A defense attorney hired by Afroze's father, a tailor by profession, reportedly asked the court to allow Afroze to receive a psychiatric examination but was rejected.

Afroze, who is scheduled to provide a formal confession before a Mumbai court on Tuesday, told the magistrate Friday that he does not wish legal representation and is mentally sound, according to the Times of India.

Microsoft spokesman Jim Desler said Afroze's claims about the company were "bizarre and unsubstantiated and should be treated skeptically."

According to Desler, Microsoft has rigorous processes in place during the development of Windows to ensure the security and integrity of source code.

Microsoft launched Windows XP in late October. While the company has already issued security patches for the software, no evidence of malicious code in the operating system has been reported.

Under interrogation, Afroze also warned Mumbai police that Al Qaeda was planning an attack on India's parliament complex in New Delhi, the Hindustan Times reported.

On Thursday, terrorists stormed the Indian Parliament with grenades and guns, killing seven people and injuring at least 20. The five attackers were killed in the ensuing battle with security forces, according to The Washington Post.

Afroze also told investigators that the team planned a similar attack on Rialto Towers, the tallest building in Australia, according to Australia's Herald Sun newspaper.

Afroze, who hails from a poor section of Mumbai, reportedly received training as a pilot in Australia, the U.S. and the U.K. No information on his technical education was immediately available.

The Times of India reported last week that "official sources" believe Afroze is "very close" to Al Qaeda but that authorities find some of his claims inconsistent and "too theatrical to believe." <hr></blockquote>

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  • Reply 1 of 5
    marcukmarcuk Posts: 4,442member
    How stupid are terrorists

    M$ don't need alqaeda to write malicious code, they seem pretty good at it themselves <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />
  • Reply 2 of 5
    Here's a good one :

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    From The article 12/20/01:

    [quote]Microsoft today acknowledged serious flaws in its newest version of Windows, billed as the most secure ever, that allow hackers to steal or destroy a victim's data files across the Internet or implant rogue computer software. It urged consumers to quickly install a free fix it offered.

    A Microsoft official said the risk to consumers was unprecedented because the glitches allow hackers to seize control of all Windows XP operating system software without requiring a computer user to do anything except connect to the Internet.<hr></blockquote>

    Plug N Pray takes on new meaning with this gigantic hole in XP

    [ 12-20-2001: Message edited by: Aphelion ]</p>
  • Reply 3 of 5
    andersanders Posts: 6,523member
    [quote]Originally posted by MarcUK:

    <strong>How stupid are terrorists

    M$ don't need alqaeda to write malicious code, they seem pretty good at it themselves <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" /> </strong><hr></blockquote>

    Yes but the spell will probably work.

    "XP is bad code" "Its the terrorists!"

    "Oh no traffic jam AGAIN" "Its the terrorists!"

    "Damn. The coffee is cold" "Its the terrorists! They are everywhere. EVERYWHERE"
  • Reply 4 of 5
    jeffyboyjeffyboy Posts: 1,055member

    Windows XP least secure OS ever!

  • Reply 5 of 5
    groveratgroverat Posts: 10,872member
    I think terrorists came up with the idea of the big fat green start button with the new, shitty start menu!

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