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BIOS-level malware

March 24th, 2009. Published under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Mr YukThis is scary stuff. Malware that infects the BIOS will not be removed when doing a full OS reinstall. What’s more, the researchers claim even flashing the BIOS does not remove it. It would not be dependent on an OS, so it doesn’t matter what you are running…it could still infect your PC or MAC or Linux (etc, etc) box. This would be bad.

Read the article at ThreatPost.

Do not trust Google ads

February 25th, 2009. Published under Uncategorized. No Comments.

I love Gmail.  I use it with Chrome, so there currently is no ad-blocking going on like you can do with Firefox.  The Google ads are context-based, of course, so you usually see ads relative to the email you are viewing.

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So I was viewing a thread update email from the Safer Networking Forums about an issue with Spybot Search & Destroy, a legitimate and very good anti-malware program, when I noticed no less than four “ads” for malware junk purporting to be Spybot.

WTF Google?

Trojan accesses routers to alter DNS data

July 1st, 2008. Published under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Hackaday.com posted this a few weeks ago, but it is still worth mentioning.  A variant of the trojan ZLOB attempts to access your router by trying default admin accounts and passwords of commonly used routers.  If successful, the trojan will alter the DNS info to route traffic through the malicious servers, which would happen seamlessly to you, of course.

Juan makes a good point in his post, specifying that if the computer is cleaned of any malware, the already-compromised router would still be compromised, unbeknowest of you.