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Three years ago, security consultant Dragos Ruiu was in his lab when he noticed something highly unusual: his MacBook Air, on which he had just installed a fresh copy of OS X, spontaneously updated the firmware that helps it boot. Stranger still, when Ruiu then tried to boot the machine off a CD ROM, it refused. He also found that the machine could delete data and undo configuration changes with no prompting. He didn't know it then, but that odd firmware update would become a high-stakes malware mystery that would consume most of his waking hours.

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Wow.
    
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That is mental. Absolutely mental.
    
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I'm stoked, to say the least.
   
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Good lord that's a freaky virus
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I've heard that ROM viruses were making a comeback...this is one of the reasons Windows 8 implemented that Sercure boot thing...though to be honest I am not sure if it will even stop anything other than GRUB.
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That's one of the creepiest articles I've ever read.
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This is totally crazy and cool in a way if true. Worth the full read!
 
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[It] has the ability to use high-frequency transmissions passed between computer speakers and microphones to bridge airgaps.

Wow, this thing is pretty intense...
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I think this is incredibly smart, and it's the fact that it's so smart and dangerous that makes you.. well, i did, anyway.. laugh and smile in disbelief of it.
    
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This is totally crazy and cool in a way if true. Worth the full read!

Indeed. Some are calling it a Halloween hoax. wink.gif
    
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