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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Fighting Pornography for Allah

PC World is reporting a new Trojan that doesn't steal information but keeps computer users from surfing the darker areas of the Internet.

Instead of snooping for sensitive financial information or secretly taking control of an infected computer, the Trojan horse, called Yusufali-A, monitors Web surfing habits. When it spots an objectionable term such as "sex" or "exhibition" in the browser's title bar, it hides the Web site and instead pops up a message taken from the Koran, says Gregg Mastoras, a senior security analyst with Sophos.

"Allah knows how ye move about and how ye dwell in your homes," reads part of the message, Mastoras says.

If the user does not quit the offending Web site, the Trojan horse eventually displays a message reading "Oh! NO i'm in the Cage" and forces the computer to log out.

Mastoras doesn't know what the "i'm in the Cage" stands for.

I certainly can't condone infecting someone's computer - even for a good cause but, still, it seems fairly benign all things considered. It also made me wonder what life would be like if every time we tried to sin a message from Scripture popped up in front of our eyes. Perhaps the message could warn us that if we persisted in sin - we will end up in "the Cage" as well.


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