Feeds

Fathers 4 Justice slams ‘support’ virus

Not our style, says campaign group

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Campaign group Fathers 4 Justice has distanced itself from the release of mass mailing viruses (Mirsa-A and Mirsa-B), which featured messages supporting the group. "This is nothing to do with us, and we're upset our name has been misused in this way. It's not a style of message we would use," Fathers 4 Justice activist Andrew Neil told El Reg.

Fathers 4 Justice members have used high profile media stunts, such as scaling the walls of Buckingham Palace dressed as the superhero Batman, to raise awareness about the plight of fathers denied access to their children following the breakdown of relationships. Neil explained that the group’s campaigns were restricted to "non-violent direct action" and certainly didn't encompass virus writing. Either the viruses were written as an attempt to discredit the group or they were written by a misguided sympathiser "at the fringes" who acted stupidly, he added.

The Mirsa-A and Mirsa-B virus are typical mass mailers with the twist that the malware drop a section of text onto the hard drive of infected Windows boxes. The following text is plopped by W32/Mirsa-A into a Word document:

Fathers 4 Justice Coded by UK Digital Binary Division UK Government will listen Fathers 4 Justice respect to: RanSid DILENGER NEWORDER KJ VosLar

Mirsa-B drops a similar message into a Word documents in addition to creating a file called Fathers4Justice.txt on an infected user's desktop containing the following text:

UK Digital Binary Division MRSA: coded by the UK Digital Binary Division we support Fathers-4-Justice

Neither Mirsa-A nor Mirsa-B has spread widely. Both are low risk. If you're unlucky enough to see one, the infected emails have subject lines such as "How NOT to get Promotion", "Memorandom to all staff", "Urgent Document", "Extremely Important", and "Private and personal" containing infected attachments, typically posing as a CV. ®

Related stories

Worm poses as porn-purging program
VXers hit new low with tsunami-themed worm
Worm plays Tetris with victims
Playgirl virus attacks Chechen rebel sites

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
Vendors just don't care, says researcher, after finding basic boo-boos in security software
'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece
Leaking sprinklers, overheated thermostats and picked locks all online
iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple
BLE-ding iPhones, not NFC bonkers, will drive trend - marketeers
Only '3% of web servers in top corps' fully fixed after Heartbleed snafu
Just slapping a patched OpenSSL on a machine ain't going to cut it, we're told
Multipath TCP speeds up the internet so much that security breaks
Black Hat research says proposed protocol will bork network probes, flummox firewalls
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers
Corporate raiders Comment Crew fingered for attacks
Tor attack nodes RIPPED MASKS off users for 6 MONTHS
Traffic confirmation attack bared users' privates - but to whom?
Roll out the welcome mat to hackers and crackers
Security chap pens guide to bug bounty programs that won't fail like Yahoo!'s
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.