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Old 07-08-2011, 10:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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U.S. official says pre-infected computer tech entering country

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Confirming years of warnings from government and private security experts, a top Homeland Security official has acknowledged that computer hardware and software is already being imported to the United States preloaded with spyware and security-sabotaging components.
The remarks by Greg Schaffer, the Department of Homeland Security's acting deputy undersecretary for national protection and programs, came Thursday during a tense exchange at a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The panel is considering an Obama administration proposal to tighten monitoring and controls on computer equipment imported for critical government and communications infrastructure.
Schaffer didn't say whether the equipment he was talking about included end-user consumer tech like retail laptops, DVDs and media players. If so, his comments, first reported Friday morning by Fast Company, would be the first time the United States has publicly confirmed that foreign consumer technology is arriving in the country already loaded with nasty bugs like key-logging software, botnet components and even software designed to defeat security programs installed on the same machine.
DHS did not respond to requests to clarify Schaffer's remarks.
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Old 07-11-2011, 04:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My opinion is simple. They need to check everything. The penalties for this should cause significant harm to the offending government and it's country.
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Interesting! I wonder what that impacts that may have on the wholesale importing of prefab electronics from places like China.

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Don't buy those cheap USB "picture frames."

Those are a major culprit, ahtough anything with firmware (DVD/CD burners, motherboards, hard drives, video cards, and about anything else you put in a computer) can be infected. Not to mention phones, MP3 players, etc.

The fun bit -- this is stuff that your virus scan can't do anything about -- it can't scan firmware in attached devices.
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There are some malware systems that cannot even be removed with Microsoft's standalone system sweeper.

https://connect.microsoft.com/systemsweeper
Microsoft’s New Tool Goes After Viruses Buried Deep in the OS | Dice Blog Network

The systems this new tool cannot remove can only be removed by formatting and reinstalling the OS.

So windows users should get used to monthly reformats and reinstalls of everything.
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