Microsoft SOURCE hacked by terrorists.

Microsoft SOURCE hacked by terrorists.

Post by Aaron Kulk » Wed, 19 Dec 2001 07:30:45

Suspect Claims Al Qaeda Hacked Microsoft - Expert

  By Brian McWilliams, Newsbytes
  17 Dec 2001, 2:08 PM CST

  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

  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

  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

  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

  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

  The Mumbai Police * Crime Investigation Cell is at .

  Pravad's South Asia Security and Info War list is archived at

  Reported by Newsbytes, .

  14:08 CST
  Reposted 15:07 CST


                        ? 2001 The Washington Post Company


Microsoft SOURCE hacked by terrorists.

Post by Chris Ahlstr » Fri, 21 Dec 2001 09:10:15

At the Mokena town meeting, Aaron Kulkis stood up and made this motion:


> Suspect Claims Al Qaeda Hacked Microsoft - Expert

>   By Brian McWilliams, Newsbytes
>   17 Dec 2001, 2:08 PM CST

Hi, Aaron.  Nice to see you lost that humongous sig!


Living large and loving Linux!


Microsoft SOURCE hacked by terrorists.

Post by Darkbloo » Sat, 29 Dec 2001 17:57:54

The interview could have gone something like this.

Interrogator: "Weren't you concerned about being caught?"

Afroze: "Well, we figured there were enough bugs already in there, so no one
would notice."


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