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DVD Porn Viruses Ravage US Soldiers' Computers

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the oh-the-humanity dept.

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stevegee58 writes "Tom Ricks' Inbox in the Sunday Washington Post reported that bootleg DVDs purchased in Iraqi markets ('souks') are frequently infected with viruses. Iraqi soldiers were affected as well; electronic interaction between Iraqi and US soldiers frequently resulted in a corresponding exchange of viruses from these infected DVDs."

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Sexually Transmitted Disease (5, Funny)

Thalagyrt (851883) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376692)

Gets a whole new meaning now.

Re:Sexually Transmitted Disease (3, Funny)

Devout_IPUite (1284636) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376806)

So remember, no sex if safe sex, but if you watch sex use Norton!

Re:Sexually Transmitted Disease (5, Funny)

cp.tar (871488) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376828)

So remember, no sex if safe sex, but if you watch sex use Norton!

With Norton, you'll still get infected, but the system will slow down just enough that a DVD movie becomes a slideshow.

Re:Sexually Transmitted Disease (5, Funny)

cp.tar (871488) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376812)

But seriously, what is the world coming to?

Previously, at least soldiers could count on running around, meeting interesting people, shooting them and raping their women.
Of course, often that also meant some kind of medical treatment afterwards, usually including some nasty shots of penicillin, but that was a small price to pay for the vast spread of one's genetic material.

Nowadays, the only virus you can get as a soldier infects your computer while you jack off to porn?
Really, they shouldn't have gone all the way to Iraq for that.

Re:Sexually Transmitted Disease (5, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376942)

You wanna say the whole war in Iraq was just a lot of dick waving and mostly a masturbatory experience for a couple people?

Re:Sexually Transmitted Disease (5, Insightful)

Binkleyz (175773) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377040)

You know, I'm fairly certain (at least I hope so) that you're either joking or just being a troll (in which case, I'm falling directly into your trap), but as (maybe one of the few) people on this site that were also previously in the military, I'm just about as offended as humanly possible at your comment above.

Not everyone that goes into the military is a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal, and quite a few of us are above average in terms of intelligence. I spent 6 years in the Navy, and I (nor anyone I knew) didn't shoot, rape OR pillage anyone.

On a site like this one, where people from the outside would presume everyone is a pasty and pimply 34 year old living in their parent's basement, I really would expect (just a little) a little more tolerance and less assumption from the people involved.

Re:Sexually Transmitted Disease (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23377150)

You know, I'm fairly certain (at least I hope so) that you're either joking
Yeah, he's joking. It's kinda obvious.

How does it work? (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377294)

Ok...I'm a bit confused. How does one get a virus just playing a DVD???

It isn't an executable...just a bunch of vob files really isn't it? How does one get a virus by playing a simple DVD?

Re:How does it work? (4, Informative)

cp.tar (871488) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377358)

Ok...I'm a bit confused. How does one get a virus just playing a DVD???

It isn't an executable...just a bunch of vob files really isn't it? How does one get a virus by playing a simple DVD?

How did Sony's music CDs infect people's computers with the infamous rootkit?

Just because .vob files are not executable themselves, it doesn't mean that you can't include an autorun.inf that will wreak havoc on your Windows install.

Re:How does it work? (3, Insightful)

garett_spencley (193892) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377366)

One word ... autorun.

Re:Sexually Transmitted Disease (5, Funny)

zacronos (937891) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377180)

On a site like this one, where people from the outside would presume everyone is a pasty and pimply 34 year old living in their parent's basement, I really would expect (just a little) a little more tolerance and less assumption from the people involved.
You must be new here!

Re:Sexually Transmitted Disease (4, Funny)

cp.tar (871488) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377192)

You know, I'm fairly certain (at least I hope so) that you're either joking or just being a troll (in which case, I'm falling directly into your trap),

FWIW, the part that offended you was mostly a joke.

but as (maybe one of the few) people on this site that were also previously in the military, I'm just about as offended as humanly possible at your comment above.

Now you just flatter me. I didn't even mention many things that would offend a much greater number of people, but which would not be funny in the least.

Not everyone that goes into the military is a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal, and quite a few of us are above average in terms of intelligence.

I know quite a number of people of various IQ levels who've been to war. IQ and the ability to commit a war crime are not that related that I'd consider that comment as any kind of explanation.
And their war was much closer to home than yours.

I spent 6 years in the Navy, and I (nor anyone I knew) didn't shoot, rape OR pillage anyone.

Yeah, I've heard quite a lot about seamen.

Sorry, but you really walked into that one. ;)

On a site like this one, where people from the outside would presume everyone is a pasty and pimply 34 year old living in their parent's basement, I really would expect (just a little) a little more tolerance and less assumption from the people involved.

Don't take it all so seriously; beneath the irritating tone of my post there is some relatively sound biology.

Re:Sexually Transmitted Disease (1)

Lunatrik (1136121) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377216)

I am apparently a Slashdot newb and inadvertently modded your comment Redundant rather than Insightful (slip of the mouse), and the only way I know to undue it is to post here. out of curiosity, is there a better way to do this?

Re:Sexually Transmitted Disease (1)

neomunk (913773) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377282)

Nope. You found the only option available to you yourself. (AFAIK)

Re:Sexually Transmitted Disease (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23377236)

"..I'm just about as offended as humanly possible at your comment above..."

And I'm just about as glad as I can be to read your comment. If you can't understand that the current military, looking for excuses to kill people after the Cold War finished, is just about the worst thing America has to offer the world, I suggest that your claimed 'above average intelligence' is missing in a few vital areas, like ethics...

Re:Sexually Transmitted Disease (5, Insightful)

Jumperalex (185007) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377316)

Please do everyone a favor and learn the difference between the military, an instrument of national power, and the GOVERNMENT that wields it. If you want to meet a person who abhors war, talk to a soldier. If you want to judge someone for wanting to "kill people after the Cold War finished" I suggest you look at the people who decide when and where to send the military. I'll give you a hint, they don't wear uniforms.

Re:Sexually Transmitted Disease (-1, Troll)

urcreepyneighbor (1171755) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377264)

Not everyone that goes into the military is a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal, and quite a few of us are above average in terms of intelligence. I spent 6 years in the Navy, and I (nor anyone I knew) didn't shoot, rape OR pillage anyone.
Don't waste your time defending yourself. The little fucktards that bash the military as a whole and/or those that serve wouldn't know their ass from the ASVAB.

Note to fucktards: Yeah, go Google ASVAB.

Re:Sexually Transmitted Disease (2, Insightful)

peragrin (659227) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377370)

um the ASVAB isn't all that hard. I got a 98 on it in 1996. I took it just to keep my options open at the time.

Any one of the geeks here could pass it with one hand tied under the desk.

As for military service, It would do most of the slashdot community some good. 8 weeks of basic training would do wonders for them. while i never joined that was due to medical not intelligence. I would have to insist on joining.

Re:Sexually Transmitted Disease (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23377390)

Wow, someone feel a bit pretentious don't they. Well, I love hating on the military, and yes, I know what the ASVAB is. We used to joke about it when they offered it during high school. We joked it was the "idiot" version of the SAT. "Not smart enough to get into college or trade-school, take this test and we'll determine what military career you'll have." Of course, you can modify that now to say, "Take this test and we'll lie about the career in the military for you, then we'll hand you a gun and throw you into a giant sandbox."

Thank You (2, Interesting)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377266)

Thank you for your service. The trolls here don't seem to understand that they probably wouldn't have the freedom to post offensive jokes were it not for you and your ilk.

I'd also add that the average literacy rate in the armed forces is higher than the national average.

Re:Sexually Transmitted Disease (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23377396)

Why is this modded Informative? The last two lines are packed with irony. This is a funny if anything.

Re:Sexually Transmitted Disease (2, Interesting)

Sleepy (4551) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377402)

Chill for a moment. If you read his post again, it is _satire_ not trolling.
Some people are ALWAYS offended when they don't recognize satire..

-s
38 and not living in parent's basement.

Re:Sexually Transmitted Disease (1)

value_added (719364) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377330)

Of course, often that also meant some kind of medical treatment afterwards, usually including some nasty shots of penicillin, but that was a small price to pay for the vast spread of one's genetic material.

We've come a long a way, haven't we?

Today, if soldier returns home carrying a virus, his wife probably won't know, or at least will hesitate before asking "Honey, what were you doing with your thumb drive while in Iraq?" and demanding that he sleep on the couch.

Re:Sexually Transmitted Disease (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23376970)

I came in here to say this.

Re:Sexually Transmitted Disease (4, Funny)

aplusjimages (939458) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377046)

I think they call it STDVD.

Re:Sexually Transmitted Disease (1)

tscheez (71929) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377276)

I was thinking iSTD

Re:Sexually Transmitted Disease (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23377222)

Yes, but do they run on Linux?

Rootkits (4, Funny)

adpsimpson (956630) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376700)

Are these the old Sony disks they're talking about?

Not worth it (5, Funny)

Hyppy (74366) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376706)

From personal experience, believe me, Iraqi porn isn't worth it.

Re:Not worth it (0, Troll)

Technopaladin (858154) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376882)

Any culture that values ignorance(see virginity 72 of them specifially) over some one who knows what they are doing cant be trusted with something so serious as pron.

Re:Not worth it (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376978)

Well, if Family Guy is any reference, it simply has to beat English porn...

Re:Not worth it (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23377274)

Was Family Guy referring to the time pre the 2002 English porn liberalisation? Those Limey script writers moved to Los Angeles years ago. And at least english/euro pron doesn't have their genitals mutilated like US pron does.

Re:Not worth it (5, Funny)

gwayne (306174) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377140)

Dhakmi does Mosel!

Iraqi Man 1: Would you get a load of the slit in her burka! I think I saw an eye!

Iraqi Man 2: Oh yeah, baby, put it on! More burka!

Iraqi Man 3: Halalalalalalalala...BOOM!

Re:Not worth it (1)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377362)

I didn't know there was such a thing as Iraqui porn. I assumed it was imported from elsewhere. If it's worthless, why are guys buying it and infecting their computers in the process?

Is nothing sacred?! (1)

Mongoose Disciple (722373) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376716)

That doesn't sound like supporting the troops.

Re:Is nothing sacred?! (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376838)

No, nothing.

Re:Is nothing sacred?! (2, Informative)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376854)

Your child support payments support your kids (assuming they don't live with you), and your taxes support the troops (assuming they don't live with you).

I support the troops. I'm getting a troop support rebate check this month, too!

-mcgrew

Re:Is nothing sacred?! (4, Funny)

Harlockjds (463986) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377224)

>I support the troops. I'm getting a troop support rebate check this month, too!

I support the troops sooooo much that i don't qualify for a troop support rebate check

Better Your Computer Than Your ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23376718)

Trust me, you can buy a new computer but you can't buy a new "unit."

Support Our troops (5, Interesting)

brewstate (1018558) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376732)

We need to send them virus free porn. Gentlemen time to dump your hard drives to DVD.

Re:Support Our troops (5, Funny)

neokushan (932374) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376760)

This is going to take a while...

Don't they have Internet connections over there? (4, Funny)

aliquis (678370) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376786)

Because as we all know Internet is for porn [youtube.com] .

Re:Support Our troops (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376802)

We need to send them virus free porn. Gentlemen time to dump your hard drives to DVD.
Does anyone know where I can get a 500X DVD burner?

Re:Support Our troops (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377090)

A DVD-R that can write ~2.5GB / second would be pretty damn cool.

Re:Support Our troops (1)

name*censored* (884880) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377304)

And when used in conjuction with the CD/DVD edition of AOL's Dream Machine [slashdot.org] , the Iraq war will have a 10 minute ceasefire every single night!

Re:Support Our troops (2, Insightful)

Hercules Peanut (540188) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376892)

We need to send them virus free porn. Gentlemen time to dump your hard drives to DVD.
Strange the above quote is modded +3 interesting instead of funny. Does that mean the /. community is seriously considering doing this?

Re:Support Our troops (5, Informative)

jtev (133871) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377004)

It means that some in the slashdot community already have. It's not allowed to be talked about, but one of the comfort items most desired in theater is porn. They aren't supposed to have it, and they can't get it in the PX, so they get it in letters from home, in nice little optical shiny packages, or they download it from FTP sites set up by their families, that don't get on the blacklist. Those who aren't so lucky, purchase it in theater, which apparently is a less than stellar option.

Re:Support Our troops (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377008)

Why not? There's so much talk about how geeks don't support our troops, that we oppose the war in Iraq on principle, that we don't want to pull our weight. How much better, and geekier, could you show your support than by increasing our troops' computer security AND giving them enough wanking material to literally help them through the whole mess?

Re:Support Our troops (4, Funny)

Nimey (114278) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376926)

Send them individual socks, too. Keeps things tidy.

Re:Support Our troops (5, Insightful)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377044)

After having been there a few times, I'll just point out that it is 100% illegal to have any kind of pr0n in country. No DVDs, no Playboys, no nothin, so don't mail it (I realize you made the above statement in jest, but someone reading it may think it's a good idea).

That being said, I've seen more pr0n on classified servers than I've seen in the rest of my previous life. We had to remove about 3 or 4 TB off of one server so the map server could run properly. That and it was slowing down Call of Duty. Mind you, it wasn't all of it, just a couple of TB.

Re:Support Our troops (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377284)

Sure hope there is at least one G.I. who likes midgets.

Re:Support Our troops (2, Insightful)

eck011219 (851729) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377352)

You know, I don't know if you're joking or not, but I see no reason why this SHOULDN'T be the case. In the past, the government has provided soldiers with cigarettes, alcohol, and other "creature comforts" for morale purposes.

I'm not suggesting they be given anything illegal or particularly depraved (by "conventional" standards, whatever that means), but how hard is it to provide a collection of confirmed virus-free pics and video?

The only problems I see are that a) soldiers who prefer the company of their own gender would be worried about being tracked despite "don't ask, don't tell," and b) the difference (generally speaking, of course) between how men and women get their ya-yas may cause female soldiers to feel that the porn objectifies women and sets up inequality between soldiers.

Still, it seems worth exploring (and it wouldn't surprise me to find out that the government HAS investigated the possibilities). Fact is, the soldiers are going to seek it out. If it's not clean, it puts the network at risk.

Protection (5, Funny)

jspenguin1 (883588) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376734)

The shift key: the condom of the Windows world.

Re:Protection (4, Interesting)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376796)

The problem I see is that Soldiers were using Windows-based PC's, WTF is going on? The NSA helped develop SELinux and these guys, in the most critical of the situations, are using the most insecure operating system in the world.

Talk about National Security :-/

Re:Protection (3, Funny)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376890)

It's a bit of a stretch to call this the most critical of situations.

Also, I believe that PromiscuOS is somewhat less secure than Windows.

Re:Protection (2, Interesting)

TheNetAvenger (624455) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377000)

The problem I see is that Soldiers were using Windows-based PC's,

Well the training games don't run on SELinux, let alone all the other games they play.

Besides, they buy own their own laptops, if the Bush Company has trouble getting them essentials or housing that doesn't electrify troops, do you really think they have the time or money to get them CDs with SELinux or help them install it? And then what? They boot in Windows 99% of the time because they game and use WebCams to see their kids, etc.

So ya, this is Window's fault if you are trying to distory reality in the hate Windows MS World. Autoload is the problem with a targeted OS. Windows IS NOT THE ONLY OS with autoload, let alone the fact that there are ways to spread this crap WITHOUT autoload.

Want a SELinux targeted Virus, just say so, and give some DVD pirate a couple of hours. It is idiots like you that give people false senses of security when running Linux or OSX, and then Security people have to come in a clean up a mess or a security breach.

What OS you run DOES NOT = LESS or MORE security at this point from an OS architectual standpoint unless you have an older OS without security inherently designed at the core level. (Like Win9x, OS/2, System 9 earlier)

Re:Protection (4, Funny)

jps25 (1286898) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377158)

What OS you run DOES NOT = LESS or MORE security at this point from an OS architectual standpoint unless you have an older OS without security inherently designed at the core level. (Like Win9x, OS/2, System 9 earlier)
I really enjoyed how you were able to type four paragraphs, but were unable to type "equal".

It's also marvelous how you emphasized every other word.
"Cool it Shatner, we don't read in the same voice you speak." (maddox)

Re:Protection (1)

lightversusdark (922292) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377166)

Doesn't work any more in Vista - registry hack only.
(It's to disable AutoRun, infantrymen).

Dude, your porn gave my computer an STD! (1)

grilled-cheese (889107) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376736)

Dude, your porn gave my computer an STD!

Solutions. (2, Interesting)

AltGrendel (175092) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376744)

Hardware: Don't allow DVD drives.

Software 1: Ummm, Anti-virus software? Hello?

Software 2: Run a VM when accessing DVDs.

Best: Run a Linux distro.

Ok, I'm sure that these aren't necessarily the best solutions (except the last one) but it's something.

Re:Solutions. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23376914)

BEST: use a portable DVD player.

It's incredibly retarded to play suspect DVD's on a computer. play them on a cheap portable DVD player and give it up.

What fool thinks playing it on the computer is smart in ANY way?

Re:Solutions. (1)

Bert64 (520050) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376930)

Supply unix based machines for the soldiers to use, don't give them root, make sure media cannot be mounted with "exec" flags...
Or just use standalone dvd players?

Re:Solutions. (1)

lightversusdark (922292) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377060)

Best: Run a Linux distro.
Step 2: Prosecute your soldiers for WIPO/DMCA violations arising from their use of DeCSS.
Step 3: There is no step 3.

Summary full of WIN (4, Funny)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376746)

"Iraqi soldiers are affected as well."

Wow, a porn virus that can make the jump from DVD to human?

Re:Summary full of WIN (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377032)

You know how long I've been waiting for that? A virus that transfer from the poor, hapless computer to the moron that allowed it to be infected?

thank you! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23376780)

thank you for not writing "virii".

Good old days! (4, Interesting)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376782)

When I was in Thailand in 1974, htere were only three places to get cassettes: The Base Exchange (other brances called it the Post Exchange), there there were practically no tapes I wanted to hear, but there were blanks; a government-provided tape center with a library of high quality reel to reels with a good selection that you could copy to cassette; or the local market, where you could get poor-quality copies of damned ner anything.

Tha bad part about the bootlegs from town was the fact that they were analog - the quality left much to be desired. Some had skips that came from the LPs they were recorded from.

The good part about the bootlegs from town was the fact that they were analog - you weren't going to infect your cassette player with XCP or some other virus.

-mcgrew

Re:Good old days! (3, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376990)

I was overseas and bought a lot of bootlegs as well. But I was all digital....

I've never had a bootleg DAT tape infect a DAT player.

I've never had a virus filled CD infect a CD player.

I've never had a Virus filled DVD infect my DVD player.

The answer here is use a hardware player and not a computer. An incredibly simple and cheap solution.

Training issue? (1)

Fjornir (516960) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376800)

With all of the other stuff they pile on recruits during boot wouldn't it be possible to teach them to practice safe hex?

Re:Training issue? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377056)

It's a responsibility thing. If they did, the US Army would be responsible for damage happening during a soldier's recreation time.

Now, this is a computer virus... but generally a lot of things where you wonder "why the heck don't they teach that" are simply left out because of responsibility issues.

You get what you pay for (1)

MikeRT (947531) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376832)

If it is too good to be true, then it probably is. If this becomes a real problem over there for our troops you can bet that the military is going to start cracking down on the troops for copyright infringement or something like that to persuade them to not buy these bootlegs and risk the military's networks.

MPAA defends US (2, Funny)

kidsizedcoffin (1197209) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376856)

This must have been what they had in mind when the movie studios insisted on strict region coding on DVD's, they had our best interest in mind all along.

So wouldn't the solution be.... (1, Interesting)

scenestar (828656) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376866)

to distribute porn DVDs among the soldiers along with their other assorted rations?

I know that the moralists in americanisthan/jesusland will cry murder, but it seems like a better deal than having infected Computer systems.

How? (1)

ta bu shi da yu (687699) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376878)

I smell bullshit. How would they be getting viruses just by inserting a DVD? Were they running the executable? And what does it mean by "my memory stick would be filthy with viruses every time I had to go and get documents from my counterpart or his section NCOs."

This seems to be one almighty bad joke. I mean, watching porn... memory "stick" filthy with viruses?

Re:How? (4, Informative)

Bert64 (520050) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376988)

Windows likes to automatically execute programs on media you insert... Never heard of autorun?
Yes, it's a ridiculously insecure idea, most people wouldn't even have considered the possibility of automatically executing programs on inserted media, but microsoft did for some reason.

Re:How? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377176)

Because it's convenient. Convenient for software vendors, that is. Every third party vendor (and MS itself for its additional software packages) love it. No need for instructions. Slip in the CD/DVD and some installer starts, or if it's already installed, the program launches its "start me" splash screen. As a convenient side effect, you teach your users that it's convenient to have to slip in that CD to run your software, thus making them comfortable with your copy protection scheme.

One word (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377084)

Autorun

Ok, three more words: Iraqiporn.avi.exe

Re:How? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23377096)

DVD cartoon spreads virus [bbc.co.uk]

The virus is hiding in data files sitting alongside the Powerpuff Girls episodes on the DVD. The files let fans create screensavers and wallpaper for their PCs.

The virus does not affect DVD players, and will only infect a PC playing the disk if the additional software is installed and run.

People with up-to-date anti-virus software should avoid being infected, he said.

"Funlove has been around for a couple of years," said Mr Cluley, "which suggests that the people producing the DVD may not have been running up-to-date anti-virus software.

"Old viruses never die," he said, "they just lurk in dark corners and directories."

Wowzers... (4, Insightful)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376884)

This sounds like a fairly big national security issue to me...

Now, I do realize that these computers operate on separate networks, but traveling disks that are frequently infected presents an issue. Or, put another way, a tempting target for foreign intelligence.

And before you jump to the 'impossible' conclusion, consider this: What are those Iraqi officers trading with our soldiers by thumb drive? Is it ALL unsec material? NONE of it is of ANY operational importance? Really? Really, really?

That strains disbelief...

And consider this: If the portable drives were intentionally infected by a custom virus designed by, oh say, a super power, would the sec networks have a chance to detect it?

My network would not. I'm certain of that. And I'm also fairly certain that I have far less BillyWare than they do in their deployment.

Re:Wowzers... (1)

keysersoze_sec (1229038) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377174)

If the portable drives were intentionally infected by a custom virus designed by, oh say, a super power, would the sec networks have a chance to detect it?
Yes, if they are designed and tested by true security professionals, with good penetration skills...

Re:Wowzers... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23377342)

It's smart. If I were distributing viruses or worms, porn DVDs would probably be my medium of choice. You are guaranteed that male soldiers always need porn :)

Playboy.com? (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23376938)

I was stationed in Kuwait in '06-07. We were warned about buying DVDs in Iraq (I would cross the border a couple of times a month) because of viruses. The one specific story i was told was the compromised PCs became part of a botnet which attacked various Israeli internet sites and Playboy.com. I dont know why the skinnies had a mad-on for Hef, i guess they just hate our freedom ;).

Practice safe souks! (2, Funny)

Anarchofascist (4820) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376982)

..and you won't get infected. This has been a health and safety message from your friendly neighborhood anarchist.

Imaginative approach (5, Funny)

Lincolnshire Poacher (1205798) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377048)

  • +10 points for clever attack vector.
  • +10 points for using a vector which is deeply embarrassing to the target.
  • +10 points for SELLING a virus to the target.

Re:Imaginative approach (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377204)

Huh? Does Sony have its rootkit on their porn now, too?

Queue the (2, Funny)

Fnord666 (889225) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377076)

Queue the camel jokes in 3...2...1..

Re:Queue the (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23377306)

Fair enough.

A new Marine Captain was assigned to an outfit in a remote post in The Afghanistan Desert . During his first inspection of the outfit, he Noticed a Camel hitched up behind the mess tent. He asks the Sergeant why the camel is kept there. The nervous sergeant said, "Well sir, as you know, there are 250 men Here on the post and no women. And sir, sometimes the men have "urges". That's why we have Molly The Camel." The Captain says, "I can't say that I condone this, but I understand About "urges", so the camel can stay ." About a month later, the Captain starts having his own "urges". Crazy With passion, he asks the Sergeant to bring the camel to his tent. Putting A ladder behind the camel, the Captain stands on the ladder, pulls his Pants down and has wild, insane sex with the camel. When he's done, he asks The Sergeant, "Is that how the men do it?" "No not really, sir..They usually just ride the camel into town...... where the girls are."
There :)

Misleading title (5, Informative)

greyhueofdoubt (1159527) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377106)

I have spent a good deal of time at these markets, and I can testify that I saw no porn. Ever. I never saw porn, alcohol, or drugs at these markets. Maybe these porn DVDs were passed around sub rosa or something.

Here is what you CAN find in the markets (even on base): Fake cigarettes, fake cigars, fake Rolexes, fake Nikes, fake anything. Imitation Apple products- headphones, iPod cases, even fake iPods. No fake zunes, though...
In an area about the size of a high school gymnasium, about 80% of the space was filled with bootleg DVDs and software. I don't mean bootleg like the MPAA wants you think bootleg; I mean actual printed DVDs out of japan or taiwan. Some were really crappy theater-cams but many were very good copies of promos and the like. I watch 300, letters from Iwo Jima, Black Snake Moan, and many others before or very shortly after theater release. It was awesome :)

I also got all ten (at the time) seasons of south park on 4 DVDs for $25. Sweet.

So, here we have this article that, while it may be true, seems to completely miss the point. It's like saying that, "Magazines such as hustler are causing massive deforestation and are filling our landfills." It is just trying to sensationalize the situation. Which is weird, since there are so many other, BIGGER things out there to write about. Try this, RIAA: The base media server, loaded with ~180 GB of music, is free to anyone who wants to download from it. You can get 180 GB hdds at the BX. Oh and there is the movie server, loaded with hundreds of titles. All free for the taking. And this author chose to write about porn? Whatever. Iraq is the wild, wild middle east. Everything goes.

-b

Re:Misleading title (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377242)

The RIAA don't care. They only take on enemies with LESS firepower than themselves. They sue granies and kids, but I doubt they'd want to wrestle with the biggest military power on the planet.

Re:Misleading title (2, Insightful)

ozbird (127571) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377364)

Try this, RIAA ...

"Go ahead - make my day."

The RIAA/MPAA are your classic bully, targeting the weak and vunerable: single mothers, children, grandmothers, homeless people - even dead people. I imagine that taking on any armed force (including pirates, arr!), is on their list right after "hell freezes over".

There's some good news here... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23377124)

The good news being that the Iraqis are getting porn.

Getting the people of Iraq and Afghanistan watching soap operas or porn is valuable in winding down the religious conservatism in these countries.

Patton Meets Pr0N (5, Funny)

Dystopian Rebel (714995) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377128)

"You don't win a war by jacking off for your country. You win a war by making the other bastard jack off for ~his~ country!"

Hold on... (3, Funny)

wobbelyheadbob (886026) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377146)

I thought supporting piracy was supporting terrorism, so if U.S. troops are buying pirate dvd's (in Iraq of all places) doen't that mean U.S. troops are supporting terrorism??

Re:Hold on... (1)

hasanen (745497) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377326)

bullshit ...those ppl selling DVDs there barely make enough money to feed their families and pay the rent for their shops.

Re:Hold on... (1)

wobbelyheadbob (886026) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377394)

meh...

Re:Hold on... (1)

BSAtHome (455370) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377328)

No, this is only an issue if the *other* guy is making bootleg copies.

Re:Hold on... (1)

TerranFury (726743) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377418)

Beware these thoughts!! You must doublethink, citizen!

Porn isn't allowed in Iraq (2, Interesting)

Chaxid (772696) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377262)

Having been to Iraq before, I can say with 100% certainty that porn is supposed to be off limits to soldiers. That being the case, where are they purchasing these DVDs from? Are they stopping convoys to buy them from Iraqi markets, or are they seriously not watching what the Iraqis are selling on U.S. bases anymore?

Re:Porn isn't allowed in Iraq (4, Insightful)

Dancindan84 (1056246) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377312)

If that's the case, they've (The armed forces) brought this on themselves. Porn isn't illegal, the soldiers are adults and they're away from their significant others (if they have one). Denying it to them in that situation is just asking for them to go underground for it.

Re:Porn isn't allowed in Iraq (1)

DragonTHC (208439) | more than 6 years ago | (#23377398)

well, US troops are coming home with stacks and stacks of bootleg DVDs. I guess the MPAA will start suing soldiers now.
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