FBI Investigating ‘Here You Have’ Worm
The FBI has launched an investigation into the mass-mailing âHere you haveâ worm that began attacking computers on Sept. 9.
The worm transmitted an infected PDF file through emails titled “Here you have” and “Just for you,” and affected major U.S. corporations including NASA, Coca-Cola, and Google.
The FBI investigation was first reported by Robert McMillan of IDG News Service, who has exchanged numerous emails with the creator of the worm, who goes by the name Iraq Resistance.
In the emails, dated between Sept. 10 and Sept. 23, Iraq Resistance confirms he (or she) is behind the worm. Iraq Resistance said the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the Florida Pastor Terry Jones -- who planned to burn the Koran on Sept. 11 -- pushed him to create and disseminate the malware .
An email sent Sept. 12 directs McMillan to a YouTube channel set up by Iraq Resistance. Named Iqsiad's Channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/iqziad), the page contains one video, dated Sept. 12, and credits Iraq Resistance as the leader of the Tarek Bin Ziad Group, which security experts believe to be a cyber-Jihad organization.
In the minute-long video, Iraq Resistance, in a digitized voice, rallies against the United States’ motivations for going to war with Iraq.
“The United States doesn’t have the right to invade our people and steal the oil in the name of nuclear weapons,” Iraq Resistance says. “Have you seen any there?”
Iraq Resistance defends his actions and insists he is not a terrorist. His behavior, he argues, is less insidious than that of Terry Jones.
“The Christian Terry Jones, what he tried to do the same day this worm spread is not even fair," he says. "I know that not all Christians are similar and some newspapers wrote that I am a terrorist hacker because of a computer virus and Mr. Terry Jones is not…I think: America, be fair.”
Iraq Resistance’s YouTube profile lists his location as Spain, but in a Sept. 23 email, he makes it clear that this could very easily be a front.
“I can appear from wherever I want,” he wrote.