Iran president’s blog used to spread malware

I just read over on O’Reilly’s Linux blog that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad has a blog but is spreading malware with it, albeit only to IP addresses that come from Israel. Amazing, but guarantees that Silicon Valley will continue gaining a steady stream of good developers and technical folks from Iran. The Iranian community here is quite large and very influential.

Update: turns out this story was false. Sorry for passing along a hoax.

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  1. ofcourse. if the holocause happened why must a new nation be created? well, do it, who cares, but why in palestine?
    something i found missing on the cbs site was what he said about the outcome of holocaust.
    the creation of israel, i believe, is a shame for humanity for ever.

  2. ofcourse. if the holocause happened why must a new nation be created? well, do it, who cares, but why in palestine?
    something i found missing on the cbs site was what he said about the outcome of holocaust.
    the creation of israel, i believe, is a shame for humanity for ever.

  3. @44. Okay, so would he prefer Israel, as a nation, not exist. Of course he’s not going to come right out and say it, but his interview in Der Speigel is pretty eye opening

    ttp://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,418660-2,00.html

  4. @44. Okay, so would he prefer Israel, as a nation, not exist. Of course he’s not going to come right out and say it, but his interview in Der Speigel is pretty eye opening

    ttp://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,418660-2,00.html

  5. @42. Nice history lesson, but not sure how its relevant the current President of Iran. Does the current President of Iran have as one of his goals the destruction of Israel? yes or no?

  6. @42. Nice history lesson, but not sure how its relevant the current President of Iran. Does the current President of Iran have as one of his goals the destruction of Israel? yes or no?

  7. Hysterics! Folks, just calm down!

    Now, a little bit of history, since Brent is so hysterical – or should that be histerical?

    Can anyone remember why the mullahs came to power in Iran? Does the name Mohammed Mossadeq ring any bells? The CIA were instrumental in his overthrow – he was the elected prime minister of Iran in the 1950s, and was responsible for attempting to nationalize oil production. Read about it on Wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Mossadegh

    The disharmony between the US and Iran go back _a_ _lot_ further than 30 years – for that matter, disharmony between Iran and its customers goes back to the very beginning of the widespread use of oil for power.

  8. Hysterics! Folks, just calm down!

    Now, a little bit of history, since Brent is so hysterical – or should that be histerical?

    Can anyone remember why the mullahs came to power in Iran? Does the name Mohammed Mossadeq ring any bells? The CIA were instrumental in his overthrow – he was the elected prime minister of Iran in the 1950s, and was responsible for attempting to nationalize oil production. Read about it on Wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Mossadegh

    The disharmony between the US and Iran go back _a_ _lot_ further than 30 years – for that matter, disharmony between Iran and its customers goes back to the very beginning of the widespread use of oil for power.

  9. To follow on to Karim’s excellent points. Sure it takes money to get elected, but lack of money doesn’t keep you off the ballot!! ANYONE can run for President in this country, provided they meet the requirements outlined in the Constitution. None of which require someone to be approved by some cabal. Or be of a certain religious persuasion. Paimon, perhaps you have never been in a voting booth here in the US, or perhaps you haven’t paid attention much, but we’ve had every walk of life run for President, Senator, Governor, Mayor, dog cather. From Democrat, to Repbublican, to Libertain, to Green Party, to Communist, to Socialist, and every flavor of extremism in between. Did they need to get approved by anyone to get on the ballot? No.

  10. To follow on to Karim’s excellent points. Sure it takes money to get elected, but lack of money doesn’t keep you off the ballot!! ANYONE can run for President in this country, provided they meet the requirements outlined in the Constitution. None of which require someone to be approved by some cabal. Or be of a certain religious persuasion. Paimon, perhaps you have never been in a voting booth here in the US, or perhaps you haven’t paid attention much, but we’ve had every walk of life run for President, Senator, Governor, Mayor, dog cather. From Democrat, to Repbublican, to Libertain, to Green Party, to Communist, to Socialist, and every flavor of extremism in between. Did they need to get approved by anyone to get on the ballot? No.

  11. CNN just said that the rumor is not true. There is a link on the blog that sets off a Norton alert because some script on the page is similar to some kind of malware, but it’s a false alarm.

  12. CNN just said that the rumor is not true. There is a link on the blog that sets off a Norton alert because some script on the page is similar to some kind of malware, but it’s a false alarm.

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  14. i didn’t say it has been like this all the time. and don’t say it will be in future. but it did happen this time.
    and i wonder where do you live now? maryam rajavi is no one loved in iran.
    and about the blacksmith, well, you can think of someone,, not rich.

    But I thought Iran was a theocracy? And theocracy was based on faith? And faith was the opposite of proof?

    faith is against proof in modified christianity. not in islam. that’s the main reason why science and religion are opposites, for you, and for me learning is sacred.
    should we continue this discussion?

  15. i didn’t say it has been like this all the time. and don’t say it will be in future. but it did happen this time.
    and i wonder where do you live now? maryam rajavi is no one loved in iran.
    and about the blacksmith, well, you can think of someone,, not rich.

    But I thought Iran was a theocracy? And theocracy was based on faith? And faith was the opposite of proof?

    faith is against proof in modified christianity. not in islam. that’s the main reason why science and religion are opposites, for you, and for me learning is sacred.
    should we continue this discussion?

  16. maybe it’s not, maybe it’s something like saddam’s democracy. but, i tell you everyone who had a 1% chance to become president, was already approved. and moein was among them. can you name somebody in iran with any chance to be elected by people and wasn’t approved? let me tell you, there was none.

    Well, isn’t this kind of circular? I mean, if I say Maryam Rajavi wasn’t on the ballot, you say, “Well Maryam Rajavi didn’t stand a chance of being elected.”

    The mullahs approve everyone who is electable. And everyone they don’t approve didn’t stand a chance of being elected anyway. The mullahs filter out the un-electable, and you never see the un-electable being elected! Kind of like that joke about Elephant Repellant. How do you know it works? Well you don’t see any elephants around here, do you?

    can a blacksmith’s son even run for the election?

    Well recently we had a peanut farmer, followed by a B-movie actor. “Blacksmith” is not a growth career sector here these days.

    and i wonder, is it in nature of american’s to believe what they are told some times, without proof?

    Americans have believed all kinds of stupid things without proof. Like “heavier-than-air powered flight is possible.” And “we can land a man on the moon before the end of the decade.”

    But I thought Iran was a theocracy? And theocracy was based on faith? And faith was the opposite of proof?

    Or maybe I’ve got that wrong, and there’s NO faith involved, just a handful of men telling me what to believe. Or else. You don’t need faith for that!

  17. maybe it’s not, maybe it’s something like saddam’s democracy. but, i tell you everyone who had a 1% chance to become president, was already approved. and moein was among them. can you name somebody in iran with any chance to be elected by people and wasn’t approved? let me tell you, there was none.

    Well, isn’t this kind of circular? I mean, if I say Maryam Rajavi wasn’t on the ballot, you say, “Well Maryam Rajavi didn’t stand a chance of being elected.”

    The mullahs approve everyone who is electable. And everyone they don’t approve didn’t stand a chance of being elected anyway. The mullahs filter out the un-electable, and you never see the un-electable being elected! Kind of like that joke about Elephant Repellant. How do you know it works? Well you don’t see any elephants around here, do you?

    can a blacksmith’s son even run for the election?

    Well recently we had a peanut farmer, followed by a B-movie actor. “Blacksmith” is not a growth career sector here these days.

    and i wonder, is it in nature of american’s to believe what they are told some times, without proof?

    Americans have believed all kinds of stupid things without proof. Like “heavier-than-air powered flight is possible.” And “we can land a man on the moon before the end of the decade.”

    But I thought Iran was a theocracy? And theocracy was based on faith? And faith was the opposite of proof?

    Or maybe I’ve got that wrong, and there’s NO faith involved, just a handful of men telling me what to believe. Or else. You don’t need faith for that!

  18. this doesn’t seem like a forum or so. seems we are supposed to comment about the topic. tell me if i’m allowed to continue this discussion, and i have many things to say.
    and did you ever recognize all what was said about belonged to khamenei.ir and that’s another domain and just a link?

  19. this doesn’t seem like a forum or so. seems we are supposed to comment about the topic. tell me if i’m allowed to continue this discussion, and i have many things to say.
    and did you ever recognize all what was said about belonged to khamenei.ir and that’s another domain and just a link?

  20. Garth, why do you assume that I am any sort of right-wing looney? Is it because I demand to protect my country from those who have publicly stated intent for our defeat? Iran has pledged this against America, for 30 years.

    Just so you know, I am a moderate independant, and very much, a patriot.

    I assume that you are a left-wing looney!

    And to the person who blames Bush for this, all I have to say is read some history. Iran has been a problem for America far longer than five or six years.

    And Garth, if Kerry or Gore had won the elections, the same problem would still exist, regardless. I would still feel the same way, in terms of my patriotism and love for my country. Iran does not care about Republicans and Democrats.

    Why are you an apologist for a terrorist state?

    America has nukes. However, we don’t threaten to wipe whole countries off the map with them, just because we don’t recognize their right to exist.

    @paimon (from iran):

    I’m glad that you publicly state your anti-Semitism for all to see. It only proves my point, altogether. You hate Jews, and you don’t recognize Israel’s right to exist. Just so you know, the Jews were in that land, before Islam ever existed to begin with. Again, try reading some history. I realize that in Iran, it is easy to be brainwashed by your oppressive regime. But I can assure you, that coming from a free and open society where information is freely available, that you are wrong.

    The fact that you voted for Madman Armageddon-Jihad, the New Hitler, literally says it all!

    (damned Nazis!)

  21. Garth, why do you assume that I am any sort of right-wing looney? Is it because I demand to protect my country from those who have publicly stated intent for our defeat? Iran has pledged this against America, for 30 years.

    Just so you know, I am a moderate independant, and very much, a patriot.

    I assume that you are a left-wing looney!

    And to the person who blames Bush for this, all I have to say is read some history. Iran has been a problem for America far longer than five or six years.

    And Garth, if Kerry or Gore had won the elections, the same problem would still exist, regardless. I would still feel the same way, in terms of my patriotism and love for my country. Iran does not care about Republicans and Democrats.

    Why are you an apologist for a terrorist state?

    America has nukes. However, we don’t threaten to wipe whole countries off the map with them, just because we don’t recognize their right to exist.

    @paimon (from iran):

    I’m glad that you publicly state your anti-Semitism for all to see. It only proves my point, altogether. You hate Jews, and you don’t recognize Israel’s right to exist. Just so you know, the Jews were in that land, before Islam ever existed to begin with. Again, try reading some history. I realize that in Iran, it is easy to be brainwashed by your oppressive regime. But I can assure you, that coming from a free and open society where information is freely available, that you are wrong.

    The fact that you voted for Madman Armageddon-Jihad, the New Hitler, literally says it all!

    (damned Nazis!)

  22. (lays asked) how free is an election where the candidates have to get approved by the Mullah’s before they can even be on the ballot? (/)

    maybe it’s not, maybe it’s something like saddam’s democracy. but, i tell you everyone who had a 1% chance to become president, was already approved. and moein was among them. can you name somebody in iran with any chance to be elected by people and wasn’t approved? let me tell you, there was none.
    now, how free is american democracy? how much money do you need before you run for the election? can a blacksmith’s son even run for the election? or maybe he souldn’t?
    and i wonder, is it in nature of american’s to believe what they are told some times, without proof?

  23. (lays asked) how free is an election where the candidates have to get approved by the Mullah’s before they can even be on the ballot? (/)

    maybe it’s not, maybe it’s something like saddam’s democracy. but, i tell you everyone who had a 1% chance to become president, was already approved. and moein was among them. can you name somebody in iran with any chance to be elected by people and wasn’t approved? let me tell you, there was none.
    now, how free is american democracy? how much money do you need before you run for the election? can a blacksmith’s son even run for the election? or maybe he souldn’t?
    and i wonder, is it in nature of american’s to believe what they are told some times, without proof?

  24. LayZ: I was not practicing journalism in this post. Thanks for noticing. I was linking to another report.

    Yes, we have no editors. We have readers. They are far better at catching stuff than editors ever were.

  25. LayZ: I was not practicing journalism in this post. Thanks for noticing. I was linking to another report.

    Yes, we have no editors. We have readers. They are far better at catching stuff than editors ever were.

  26. So,Garth and paimon, how free is an election where the candidates have to get approved by the Mullah’s before they can even be on the ballot?

    This is a guy that thinks the Holocaust didn’t occur.

    Yea, sure.. Saddam was “elected” in a “free” election as well. So, I guess we stand corrected.

    But as for the real issue, Christopher appears to be right, another example of Scoble firing before he was ready or even aimed. Publish first, retract later. Gotta love a jounarlism drop out.

  27. So,Garth and paimon, how free is an election where the candidates have to get approved by the Mullah’s before they can even be on the ballot?

    This is a guy that thinks the Holocaust didn’t occur.

    Yea, sure.. Saddam was “elected” in a “free” election as well. So, I guess we stand corrected.

    But as for the real issue, Christopher appears to be right, another example of Scoble firing before he was ready or even aimed. Publish first, retract later. Gotta love a jounarlism drop out.

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