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OEMs Face a Virus Dilemma

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Eldredge
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Eldredge   1/24/2014 11:41:46 PM
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As a consumer, my perceived security concerns have been toward internet connected hardware. Embedded viruses already residing in hardware had not been a consideration - but it is a clever and insidious approach.

Hailey Lynne McKeefry
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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   1/24/2014 8:27:45 PM
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@Bruce, awareness is a big first step. OEMs are quite used to having siloed systems, but as the supply chain has expnded and electronic exchange has become the norm, there are an increasing number of attack vectors. Added to that is that organizations that have successfully eluded an attack don't want to give away their secret to succes; and the ones who have been hit don't want to admit it for fear of tarnishing their corporate brand.

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   1/24/2014 8:25:49 PM
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@FlyingScott, added to that worry is the reality that viruses are getting smarter so that they can propigate more readily. They are sometimes able to hide in systems for  years undetected or remove themselves after getting the data they want. It's getting harder to spot and remove malware.

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Bruce Gain   1/23/2014 10:41:45 AM
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The idea is that OEMs can take certain measures to ward off such attacks. However, the first step is awareness.

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t.alex   1/23/2014 9:36:29 AM
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Virus is going deeper and deeper into the system. When they are embedded into the firmware, how would a normal AV scanner detect ?

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FLYINGSCOT   1/23/2014 9:03:10 AM
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Although 1% does not sound like a large percentage it would equate to a significant number of infected products given the quantities that Dell ships.  This was a worrying article to read and something we should all be wary of.



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