A couple of items in recent days caught my eye and sparked my imagination with conspiracy theories.
A mysterious blast in Southern Lebanon, near Israel’s border, was claimed by Lebanese security sources to be the result of an old unexploded Israeli rocket from the 2006 Second Lebanon War. Or was it?
A big explosion rocked the southern Lebanese town of Tair Harfa on Monday, five kilometers (three miles) from the border with Israel causing no casualties, residents said.
A Lebanese security source said the blast was caused by a rocket that had been fired into Lebanon during the 2006 war with Israel that did not detonate on impact.
But Andrea Tenenti, a spokesman for the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon, said United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon soldiers in the area were still trying to ascertain the cause. Earlier reports suggested the explosion came from a Hezbollah weapons storage facility.
The explosion did kill several farm animals in a field, according to local residents.
A Reuters reporter said that members of the terrorist group Hezbollah, the Lebanese Army and around 50 members of UNIFIL were at the site of the blast but that he was prevented from approaching the area.
I sincerely hope it was a Hezbollah arsenal and that it was Israel who dunnit.
Another article from Israel Hayom tells us that another cyber-virus or malware is infecting Iranian computer systems:
Iranian computers are facing an updated threat from a “targeted data-wiping malware” program dubbed Batchwiper, the International Business Times reported on Tuesday.
Iran’s Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center issued a statement saying the malware had apparently been present in the country’s computers for at least two months.
“Despite its simplicity in design, the malware is efficient and can wipe disk partitions and user profile directories without being recognized by anti-virus software,” the center said in a statement.
According to the International Business Times, the malware effectively slips into computers without being noticed by anti-virus programs due to its disguise under a genuine Microsoft Office 2007 document MS Office Groove. The malware installer, also known as dropper, has been identified as “GrooveMonitor.exe,” along with four other similar malware installers.
The malware threatens to erase data from hard drive partitions with names beginning with the letters D through I.
“Primitive analysis revealed that this malware wipes files on different drives at various predefined times. This targeted attack is simple in design and shows no similarity to other sophisticated targeted attacks,” said the center.
A representative of anti-virus security firm AlienVault confirmed the presence of the malware and told the International Business Times, “We don’t have details about the infection vector but based on the dropper it could be deployed using USB drives, internal actors, SpearPhishing or probably as the second stage of a targeted intrusion,” adding that the code of the malware was “very simple.”
The malware is designed in such a way that it kicks off its destruction on a specific date; the next one is scheduled to start on Jan. 21.
Hmm. Is this just another regular virus of the sort that appears world-wide every so often? Or is the fact that it is only affecting Iranian computers point to a certain culprit sitting roughly 1,000 miles to the West?
I certainly hope it was us.
May our enemies always be looking over their shoulder, running away from us in fear.