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Homer Simpson and the Kimya Botnet

CowboyNeal posted about 6 years ago | from the why-you-little dept.

Security 83

An anonymous reader writes "As all hardcore Simpsons fans know, Chunkylover53@aol.com was revealed to be Homer Simpsons' email address in one particular episode, registered by one of the shows writers, who would reply to fans as Homer himself. After a flood of messages, 'Homer' signed off — seemingly forever. Well in the last few days, security company Facetime Communications reports that anyone who had Homer on their AIM buddy list would have noticed his sudden reappearance. Unfortunately for all, he appears to have been hacked and pushing malware links which deposit those unlucky enough to run the file into a Turkish Botnet. The message claims the file is a 'web exclusive' episode of the TV show — an interesting way of targeting a specific group of fans who would assume Homers return would only coincide with something special like (say) a TV episode just for them. What I want to know is, is Homer smart enough to run an AV scan?"

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83 comments

Opening files (5, Funny)

Wowsers (1151731) | about 6 years ago | (#24164077)

Opening unknown files could get you hacked. Doh!

New IPHONES being RECALLED by Applke (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24164221)

3G does NOT WORK !!

Re:New IPHONES being RECALLED by Apple (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24164741)

This covers that

http://howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=1397733 [howardforums.com]

The iphone 3g, it's broken in the bad sense.

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Re:Opening files (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24167305)

Ahh, the lost are of trolling... I swear, trolls today are nowhere near as annoying (or successful) as they were 10 years ago. Remember your first goatse? Now, all you get is pedobear and rickroll.

Re:Opening files (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24183025)

The internet, Is that thing still around?

Obligiatory Homer Quote (5, Funny)

charliebear (887653) | about 6 years ago | (#24164105)

They have the Internet on computers now?

I'm not impressed easily. (1)

MRe_nl (306212) | about 6 years ago | (#24164143)

Wow! A Turkish botnet!

Re:I'm not impressed easily. (2, Funny)

Bozzio (183974) | about 6 years ago | (#24164167)

"Wow! A blue car!"

One of my favourites!!

Re:I'm not impressed easily. (2, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | about 6 years ago | (#24165207)

Does it have speed holes?

Re:I'm not impressed easily. (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | about 6 years ago | (#24164561)

Is it smooth and flavorful,like a Camel cigarette?

Re:I'm not impressed easily. (3, Funny)

hvm2hvm (1208954) | about 6 years ago | (#24164755)

Mhmmmm, turkey... Mhmmm, botnet..

Puff-n-stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24165051)

Is that link a Turkish bongnet?

Re:Obligiatory Homer Quote (2, Funny)

oodaloop (1229816) | about 6 years ago | (#24164177)

The internet? Is that thing still around?

All TV characters should have e-mail addresses (0)

Simonetta (207550) | about 6 years ago | (#24164629)

All TV characters should have e-mail addresses. It's a no-brainer. It makes it possible for the creators of the characters to know exactly what their fans are like and, more importantly, what the fans want the character to be like.

    It keeps the character alive after the TV show expires.

    Personally I believe that figures in great paintings should have websites. Who wouldn't want to write to Simonetta Vespucci [nga.gov] for advice on romance? The responders should be older employees who have been semi-retired by their companies.

    This would be most applicable to Japan, where corporations bought Renaissance paintings for elaborate prices in the 1980s and have been keeping hidden away in vaults since then. They also have older employees that they can't fire but allocate no work for them to do, so they just sit at their desks all day. Young people from all over the world could write e-mails to their favorite art painting characters and have them answered by people who have life experience and wisdom. This would be good for everyone. And it's no more weird than people entering MUDs and Second Life programs as an alternative reality.

Re:All TV characters should have e-mail addresses (3, Funny)

maxume (22995) | about 6 years ago | (#24164845)

There was more to those brownies than you thought.

Re:All TV characters should have e-mail addresses (5, Funny)

magarity (164372) | about 6 years ago | (#24165645)

All TV characters should have e-mail addresses. It's a no-brainer
 
Yeah, but only Homer Simpson should have an @aol.com address.

Re:Obligiatory Homer Quote (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24164731)

MmMm Turkish Botnet

Cowboy Neal (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24164111)

Quit posting stories about fellow obese heroes of yours.

PUT DOWN THE 5 DOLLAR FOOT LONG AND STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER.

probably (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24164121)

What I want to know is, is Homer smart enough to run an AV scan?

Won't do much good if he's being spoofed.

Nelson Muntz's response (2, Funny)

evolvearth (1187169) | about 6 years ago | (#24164131)

Haw haw!

Lousy two legged botnet. (1)

retech (1228598) | about 6 years ago | (#24164133)

Hello Smithers, you're very good at turning me on.

Re:Lousy two legged botnet. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24164225)

geek card revoked: misquoting.

"Smithers, you're quite good at turning me on."

I noticed him in my list and wondered wtf he was. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24164135)

I did a bit of googling and remembered that episode of The Simpsons. I could tell that he was hax0red (probably an expired username) and part of some scheme. Funny how such things from so long ago are still saved somewhere. I have usernames from people I haven't talked to in 8 years on my AIM buddylist.

Running AIM and clicking on random executables? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24164149)

Sounds more like Ralph.

Re:Running AIM and clicking on random executables? (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | about 6 years ago | (#24165245)

Sounds more like Mayor West to me.... oops, wrong show.

Re:Running AIM and clicking on random executables? (1)

AC-x (735297) | about 6 years ago | (#24171629)

A link coming from (what used to be) an official simpsons address is hardly random, don't think you can blame that many people for clicking on the link (running without a virus checker tho... especially as free ones like anti-vir are perfectly good!)

Ineteresting tactic (5, Interesting)

notnAP (846325) | about 6 years ago | (#24164171)

Anyone in the printing or marketing industries is familiar with the concept of Variable Data Printing (aka One-to-One Marketing, or any of a number of other marketing buzz words). If you cater the ad/promo/mailing to the recipient, you can send out far fewer pieces to fewer participants, but thanks to higher hit percentage, yield better results.

I'm sure the number of attempted infections from this attack are very small in the scale of typical virus'. But I would not be surprised if the number of successful infections was pretty high, relatively speaking.

Don't recall that episode (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | about 6 years ago | (#24164189)

I guess I'm not hardcore enough. Does this mean I have to turn in my geek card?

Re:Don't recall that episode (1)

k33l0r (808028) | about 6 years ago | (#24164259)

No, but you do lose hit points and get knocked down a level.

Re:Don't recall that episode (2, Funny)

oodaloop (1229816) | about 6 years ago | (#24164513)

The player's handbook clearly says I shouldn't lose XPs for tha...I mean, uh, I don't get your nerdy joke!

he's not online (1)

v1 (525388) | about 6 years ago | (#24164209)

I just tried adding to my list but he's not line.

Re:he's not online (4, Funny)

plover (150551) | about 6 years ago | (#24164405)

I don't know why you had a problem. That's a perfectly cromulent username.

Re:he's not online (3, Funny)

phobos13013 (813040) | about 6 years ago | (#24164511)

It is very embiggening of you to make this comment!

I can imagine how this will wrap up (5, Funny)

SirLurksAlot (1169039) | about 6 years ago | (#24164223)

"Hello, this is Homer Simpson aka Chunkylover53! The court has ordered me to IM every person in town to apologize for my botnet scheme. I'm sorry. If you can find it in your heart to forgive me, send one dollar to : Sorry Dude, 742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield. You have the power!"

Re:I can imagine how this will wrap up (5, Funny)

Daniel Weis (1209058) | about 6 years ago | (#24164263)

I'll need your state to actually send the dollar to you. :)

Re:I can imagine how this will wrap up (4, Funny)

SirLurksAlot (1169039) | about 6 years ago | (#24164343)

Of course! It's the state bordered by Ohio, Nevada, Maine, and Kentucky. You know the one!

Re:I can imagine how this will wrap up (1)

Daniel Weis (1209058) | about 6 years ago | (#24164479)

Haha. Anyone interested in following the trail should look here: http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Springfield's_State [wikia.com]

Re:I can imagine how this will wrap up (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24164607)

That's it. I'm forced to conclude someone goes down an ice cave and turns a wheel to move the state between episodes.

Re:I can imagine how this will wrap up (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24164677)

I'll need your state to actually send the dollar to you. :)

Ned: Look at that. You can see the four states that border Springfield: Ohio, Nevada, Maine and Kentucky.

Re:I can imagine how this will wrap up (1)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | about 6 years ago | (#24173009)

Just paypal $1 to Chunkylover53@aol.com

Homer's Response (2, Funny)

Silicon Jedi (878120) | about 6 years ago | (#24164227)

D'oh!

homer... (4, Funny)

owlnation (858981) | about 6 years ago | (#24164241)

mmmmmmmm... trojans...

Re:homer... (4, Funny)

FlyingSquidStudios (1031284) | about 6 years ago | (#24164389)

mmmmmmmmmm... turkey...

Re:homer... (2, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | about 6 years ago | (#24164973)

Great, now I'm hungary.

Re:homer... (2, Funny)

pHatidic (163975) | about 6 years ago | (#24165399)

Joey, have you ever been in a turkish botnet?

Re:homer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24165101)

Dude,

You don't eat trojans. You wear them. The lack of sex ed in this group is appalling.

Re: Don Homer (1)

Man in Spandex (775950) | about 6 years ago | (#24165147)

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, organized crime.....

Offspring Strangulation (1)

pipingguy (566974) | about 6 years ago | (#24164251)

"from the why-you-little dept."

My son and I used to do this all the time. Problem is, he's bigger and stronger than me now. Maybe I can trick him with a magic rock...

Homer IS "dumb" enough to run an AV scam! (2, Interesting)

dogberto (102257) | about 6 years ago | (#24164501)

Recall that there was a Simpsons episode where he salvages an auto-caller to run a telemarketing scam on the residents of Springfield.

Also recall that Homer actually did figure out how to setup a website and post "blogs" in his stint as Mr. X.

So, all someone has to do is give him a spiel of how a particular program or an infected computer (not known to Homer of course) can provide him with easy money, and he'll be more than happy to distribute that program en masse or very quickly hook up his computer to the internet. :-)

Ha Ha (1)

Krneki (1192201) | about 6 years ago | (#24164693)

Ha ha .... it was Nelson's mail.

Re:Homer IS "dumb" enough to run an AV scam! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24165523)

And don't forget his crazy bootleg operation, which delivered booze to Moe's bar hidden in bowling balls which rolled from the bowling alley to the bar via a series of tubes! Even Marge was impressed!

*.exe (1)

cyanidecircuitry (1312259) | about 6 years ago | (#24164737)

Given that the link is clearly an executable file NOT a video file or a link to a page with streaming video, who would be stupid enough to fall for it?

Oh yeah, AIM users.

Re:*.exe (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | about 6 years ago | (#24165263)

As opposed to what? MSN users?

Re:*.exe (1)

cyanidecircuitry (1312259) | about 6 years ago | (#24165317)

You have a point. That shouldn't really be directed at AIM specifically, more instant messaging users in general. It may be different over there, but here they are primarily "cool" teenagers discussing parties and sex (and measuring their social standing by how many chat windows/tabs they have open at once).

Re:*.exe (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24165729)

here they are primarily "cool" teenagers discussing parties and sex (and measuring their social standing by how many chat windows/tabs they have open at once).

Then there are people who just want to exchange messages with their friends in a way that is more like a conversation than email but less demanding of one's full attention than phone, voice, or teleconference.

God forbid we ever use technology for anything useful. I mean, that email thing, I don't see what's wrong with the post office.

Re:*.exe (1)

phulegart (997083) | about 6 years ago | (#24165759)

I'd have to agree completely... if it weren't for self-extracting archives.

Don't worry about responding with "Who would be stupid enough to download a self-extracting archive?". I don't think you want to remove sourceforge in it's entirety (or any other resource site that distributes files in archives)... which would be the next step if you think people are too stupid to download a single executable that contains what they were looking to download.

Re:*.exe (1)

Technician (215283) | about 6 years ago | (#24169629)

I don't think you want to remove sourceforge in it's entirety (or any other resource site that distributes files in archives)... which would be the next step if you think people are too stupid to download a single executable that contains what they were looking to download.

I prefer the option to open an archive and extract the files without running the .exe self extractor. I often opt for a .deb or .tar.gz file instead of an .exe.

Re:*.exe (0, Offtopic)

Technician (215283) | about 6 years ago | (#24169607)

I love Ubuntu. Often a photo or video online results in the what do you want to do with this .exe file? Save or Cancel.

Sometimes AV software has to try to eject malware after it ran. On Ubuntu, it doesn't run.

Any installer needing admin privilages aslo fail. I don't browse as admin.

The Internet ?!?!? (1)

ancient_kings (1000970) | about 6 years ago | (#24164775)

Is that thing still around !?!?

Re:The Internet ?!?!? (2, Insightful)

nurb432 (527695) | about 6 years ago | (#24164853)

Ya, its still there. The government, and comcast, haven't killed it off totally, yet.

Re:The Internet ?!?!? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 6 years ago | (#24164995)

Hey, give 'em time, that takes a while. We're talking about government AND comcast here, after all.

sure! (1)

Danzigism (881294) | about 6 years ago | (#24165201)

of course Homer can fix it. he just needs to press the "Any" key then drink a "Tab".

Doesn't run on Linux! (1)

D H NG (779318) | about 6 years ago | (#24165553)

I saw I logged on 2 days ago. I realized that it was a link to malware or trojan but downloaded it and ran it anyway because I was running Ubuntu. It just gave an error saying it couldn't connect to the "photo server". Now that username is pushing an adult dating website.

Mmmmm... (1)

Bairradino (1142321) | about 6 years ago | (#24165709)

Mmmmm... Turkish...

Jeff Albertson says... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24165907)

..."Worst botnet ever"

Of course (2, Insightful)

EdIII (1114411) | about 6 years ago | (#24166041)

What I want to know is, is Homer smart enough to run an AV scan?

He's a NUCLEAR SAFETY EXPERT at a Nuclear Power Plant. I am sure that qualifies him to run antivirus. Right?

Re:Of course (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24166485)

"It's pronounced 'nukular'."

Re:Of course (1)

AlgorithMan (937244) | about 6 years ago | (#24166949)

He only got his diploma by cheating...

Re:Of course (1)

Technician (215283) | about 6 years ago | (#24169637)

I am sure that qualifies him to run antivirus. Right?

I'm not so sure. Every week he drops that radioactive bolt in the street. Won't he ever learn?

Re:Of course (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24184635)

It's pronounced "Nucular"

Unsued AOL names expire... (1)

LostCluster (625375) | about 6 years ago | (#24166163)

It's not that hard to explain how the address fell into "the wrong hands". AOL/AIM names that are not used for a certain length of time expire back into the pool that anybody can register.

Re:Unsued AOL names expire... (1)

Terranaut (885084) | about 6 years ago | (#24167397)

re the title: Does that mean that in order to keep my AIM name, it has to get sued? :p

Re:Unsued AOL names expire... (1)

LostCluster (625375) | about 6 years ago | (#24167777)

Ugh... where's spell check when I need it?

Just to rub your nose in it... (1)

religious freak (1005821) | about 6 years ago | (#24166237)

Upon inserting the trojan on your box, their message reads...

"You've been hacked... purple monkey dishwasher"

GAH!

Hey Joey... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24166259)

Ever been in a Turkish Botnet?

However (1)

Krusty_Klown (533651) | about 6 years ago | (#24166391)

If you get an IM from jewishclown57@aol.com, that is totally legit.

That was episode... (2, Interesting)

AlgorithMan (937244) | about 6 years ago | (#24166725)

S14E08 - The Dad Who Knew Too Little
(#EABF03 / SI-1403) aired January 12th 2003

is it a bad sign, that i found it within 1-2 minutes?

Re:That was episode... (1)

AlgorithMan (937244) | about 6 years ago | (#24166751)

is it a worse sign, that I submitted that message without even bothering to check, if it was correct?

Olig. (1)

kitsunewarlock (971818) | about 6 years ago | (#24168043)

I for one welcome our new botnet scamming overlords.

So much more. (1)

Cur8or (1220818) | about 6 years ago | (#24178653)

Remember Homer, the internet is so much more than a global pornography network.
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