Bomb-making CDs seized in Saudi

Saudi officals have seizing bomb-making CDs and arrested four computer shop owners and a compact disc (CD) supplier in Jazan, south of Saudi Arabia. The CD's contained hidden bomb-making instructions, commonly referred to as 'easter eggs' by the software

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  December 28, 2003

Saudi law enforcement authorities have seizing bomb-making CDs and arrested five in connection over the weekend. The officials arrested four owners of computer shops and a supplier after raiding computer shops in Jazan, south of Saudi Arabia selling compact discs (CD), which contained hidden bomb-making instructions.

According to reports from the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Watan and sources from Reuters and United Press International (UPI) the local police are questioning four owners of computer shops in the southern Jazan region and a fifth person believed to have supplied the CDs to the shops.

It is not clear, whether the shop owners had prior knowledge of hidden bomb-making tutorial files on the CDs. Sources add that only someone with technical knowledge would be able to find the files.

Hiding secret files or comments in software programs mostly humor- related by programmers, in common applications like Internet Explorer, MSOffice and others is quite common and are known as 'easter eggs'. Most easter eggs can be activated only by an elaborate set of keyboard patterns. This could be one of the first incidents where destructive easter eggs were placed by the makers of the CD.

Al-Watan reported that the interior ministry had been hunting down the two suspects, a Saudi and a Sudanese suspected in the November bombing of the Al-Mohiya compound in which 17 people were killed, who were mostly Arab expatriates.

While there was no official comment on the incident from Saudi's officials, it is believed that the suspects were moved to Riyadh for interrogation.

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