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The 'Comodo Hacker' Says Attack Was About Restoring 'Equality' to the Internet

BY Nick Judd | Monday, March 28 2011

Someone purporting to be the "Comodo hacker" posted a message to the world on Saturday that frames this month's successful attack on one of the web's largest providers of SSL certificates as revenge for previous Internet attacks on the Iranian state.

Claiming to be a 21-year-old Iranian hacker and boasting, "I'm unstoppable," the person provided some details purportedly gleaned from the systems that were compromised during the attack as proof of identity. The hacker then raged, in broken English:

I won't let anyone inside Iran, harm people of Iran, harm my country's Nuclear Scientists, harm my Leader (which nobody can), harm my President, as I live, you won't be able to do so. as I live, you don't have privacy in internet, you don't have security in digital world, just wait and see...

The hacker also makes a more direct reference to Stuxnet, the sophisticated worm that sabotaged Iran's nuclear program and appears to have been a product of U.S. and Israel. The Comodo attack was part of efforts to bring "equality" to the Internet in light of Stuxnet, the hacker wrote.

It's a narrative that would sound good for the Iranian state — a native son going renegade to fight the big bad Western powers — and it has the added benefit of being nearly impossible to verify. Comodo, for one, insists that the Internet's authentication layer is under attack by state actors.

h/t Errata Security