Re: The police advised me to destroy my computer after it was attacked.

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by housetrained, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. housetrained

    housetrained Guest

    I always re-install my BIOS when doing a clean install - just to be sure.
    --
    John the West Ham fan


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    "~BD~" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Quote:
    >
    > "Researchers have demonstrated how to create rootkits that survive
    > hard-disk reformatting by injecting malware into the low-level system
    > instructions of a target computer.
    >
    > The researchers, from Core Security Technologies, used the techniques to
    > inject rootkits into two computers, one running the OpenBSD operating
    > system and the other Windows. Because the infection lives in the
    > computer's BIOS, or basic input/output system, it persists even after the
    > operating system is reinstalled or a computer's hard drive is replaced."
    >
    > Ref: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/03/24/persistent_bios_rootkits/
    >
    >
    > The article goes on to say .......
    >
    >
    > "Of course, injecting code into the BIOS is no easy feat. It requires
    > physical access to the machine or an exploit that hands an attacker
    > unfettered root access."
    >
    > I asked this question year ago and cannot recall receiving an answer:
    >
    > "If one connects to another server deliberately - for the purpose of
    > sending and receiving messages in a newsgroup (making a hole in one's
    > defences) - might this be giving "unfettered root access" if one is
    > operating with Administrator privileges?"
    >
    > What I was trying to ascertain by asking this question was whether or not
    > connecting to a newsgroup server (like Eternal-September or aioe.org) or a
    > 'private' server, like www.Annexcafe.com or www.dogagent.com, might put
    > one at additional risk.
    >
    > I fully appreciate that one is personally responsible for protecting one's
    > machine(s) but many, many, folk do not. Bad guys are clever. If persistent
    > bios rootkits *are* 'in the wild' millions of computers which have
    > supposedly been 'cleaned' may still be doing dirty deeds without the
    > knowledge of the user.
    >
    > Discussion welcomed.
    >
    > --
    > Dave - I *did* destroy my machine eventually, with reluctance.
    housetrained, Mar 27, 2010
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