Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 25th Sep 2012 22:17 UTC
Bugs & Viruses You might assume your new PC is secure, but is it? In the U.S., the Federal Trade Commission just charged seven rent-to-own computer companies and a software design firm with computer spying. Some 420,000 rent-to-own computers allegedly secretly collected personal information, took pictures of users in their homes, and tracked their locations. Meanwhile Microsoft found that PCs from China had malware embedded before reaching consumers. The virus "could allow a hacker to switch on a microphone or Webcam, record keystrokes and access users' login credentials and online bank accounts." And, an FBI investigation found that counterfeit routers purchased by various US government agencies also were pre-loaded with malicious software. Do you assume your new PC is secure, or if not, what steps do you take to secure it?
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Compromised firmware?
by Gullible Jones on Thu 27th Sep 2012 04:19 UTC
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I wonder if any pre-compromised machines come with BIOS or EFI rootkits, to prevent formatting and reinstallation from entirely wiping out the malware. Writing a BIOS rootkit is not exactly trivial, but I would think that the bar is lowered quite considerably for OEMs.

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