Last week we reported an e-mail virus that was quickly spreading throughout many large U.S. companies and traced back to a cyber-jihad group called Tariq ibn Ziyad.
The virus, which was spread via e-mail with the subject line “Here you have” managed to quickly spread through large number of U.S. companies like as Disney, Proctor and Gamble, AIG, Wells Fargo, Comcast and NASA. Once installed, the virus crashed multiple computer systems, networks and e-mail servers.
Investigation of the cyber attack showed that the virus created a back-door that could be used by cyber terrorists to remotely gain access to the infected computer and ultimately disable any anti-virus or security programs that the computer had running. The virus would then try to connect to a computer named the Tariq ibn Ziyad, which belongs to the a Jihad group who’s objective is to “penetrate U.S. agencies belonging to the U.S. Army.”
United Nation’s Telecommunications chief issued a warning and is calling for nations to join together in developing a coherent global cyber security peace treaty or face the very real possibility of an all-out cyber war. And with most of the world now being connected to the Internet, a cyber war might be just as deadly as the real thing.