New cyber attack linked to Nobel Peace Prize

Nov 10, 2010
A skull and crossbones is seen above a computer keyboard. A fake email invitation to this year's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is currently circulating and carrying with it a virus capable of infecting the computer of anyone who opens it, computer security experts warned.

A fake email invitation to this year's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is currently circulating and carrying with it a virus capable of infecting the computer of anyone who opens it, computer security experts warned.

Appearing to come from the Oslo Freedom Forum, a group with no direct Nobel ties, the email includes a PDF attachment containing a so-called "Trojan horse," allowing hackers to take control of victims' computers, reported the Contagio Internet security blog (contagiodumb.blogspot.com).

"Dear Sir/Madame. I enclose a letter from Oslo Freedom Forum founder Thor Halvorssen inviting you to join him in Oslo for the December 11th (sic) prize ceremony. Let me know if you have any questions," the email reads.

The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, which was attributed in October to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, much to the distaste of Beijing, is to be handed over at an official ceremony in Oslo on December 10.

"We don't know who launched the attack, or who the target was," the F-Secure computer security group said on its website.

According to daily Aftenposten's online edition, Nobel Institute director Geir Lundestad has meanwhile been the target of a through an email that appeared to come a technician at a IT company working for the institute.

The reportedly contained a link requesting him to type in his user name and password, but Lundestad had become suspicious and alerted Norwegian data authorities.

"There is someone trying to infect the Nobel Institute," the head of the Norwegian Computer Emergency Response Team, Christophe Birkeland, told the paper.

"There is a lot to indicate that the same person is behind these attacks," he added.

The Nobel Peace Prize website (www.nobelpeaceprize.org) was also the target of a cyber attack two weeks ago, with the last IP address used in that attack belonging to the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.

However, there is no way of knowing if the attack actually came from there, since hackers often used many computers to hide their traces.

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frajo
2.3 / 5 (3) Nov 10, 2010
A fake email invitation to this year's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is currently circulating and carrying with it a virus capable of infecting the computer of anyone who opens it, computer security experts warned.
Certainly not anyone's. There simply is no known virus for the OS I'm using right now.
reported the Contagio Internet security blog (...contagiodumb...).
This link doesn't exist.
yyz
5 / 5 (1) Nov 10, 2010
"reported the Contagio Internet security blog (...contagiodumb...).

This link doesn't exist."

That should read (...contagiodump...) as in http://contagiodu...pot.com/
zslewis91
2.3 / 5 (3) Nov 10, 2010
Certainly not anyone's. There simply is no known virus for the OS I'm using right now.


@Frajo, once again sir, your a dumb..i assume your using a linux or unix variant...i also assume that you think saying "no know virus" will save your from criticism. you are wrong on all points, go read a book for i will not waste my time going into detail about how wrong you are. you are a retard;)

HAHAHAHA;);)
Arikin
not rated yet Nov 10, 2010
Why is this news worthy? Sounds like all the other spam mail. Besides, a news story is just stroking the pride of the script junky who put it out there.

Oh, there may not be a virus for *nix OSes but there is a very large database of attacks that can take control or take down that OS. Which I believe is the same purpose. By the way search for: linux rootkit
frajo
4 / 5 (4) Nov 11, 2010
there may not be a virus for *nix OSes but there is a very large database of attacks that can take control or take down that OS.
Knowing (the names of) Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, and Android is not sufficient to make valid sweeping statements about _all_ OSes.
frajo
3.7 / 5 (3) Nov 11, 2010
i assume your using a linux or unix variant
Your assumption is wrong.
i also assume that you think saying "no know virus" will save your from criticism. you are wrong on all points,
I'm always thankful for qualified criticism as it enriches my knowledge.
Unfortunately, your criticism enriches only my knowledge about you.
dustydude
not rated yet Nov 11, 2010
So wat OS are you using?
Skeptic_Heretic
5 / 5 (2) Nov 11, 2010
Certainly not anyone's. There simply is no known virus for the OS I'm using right now.
I'm guessing you're an old OS2/4 guy. If so, you're right, there's nothing that can take that OS down that I know of. Not really sure of any security loopholes either to be honest.
zslewis91
2.3 / 5 (3) Nov 11, 2010
Your assumption is wrong.


@Smarty pants D-bag, you lie;););)
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Nov 12, 2010
Your assumption is wrong.

Then unless it is AIDA, you're either incorrect or full of crap.

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