Friday, November 1, 2013

Malware Science Fiction Reality

I honestly didn't think I'd ever hear about a real-life malware that can jump across Windows, Mac OS X, BSD, and Linux computers. There are a few movies and television shows that present the digital version of a skeleton key that can unlock any encryption and security measure currently available and I'd always get a chuckle out of watching this presented. Never let reality come in the way of a story I guess.

I hadn't heard about badBIOS until Ars Technica wrote this piece on it. Although, it currently seems to be the front-end component of a payload to a perhaps more devious malware. Only time will tell what that is and if we can get a fix in time. The fact that it's infected security professional Dragos Ruiu's lab leads me to think that he can't be the only one infected. What's the current reach of badBIOS?

Time will tell again. Right now the only indicator seems to be that if you can't boot from CD, you're likely infected.

I imagine that it'll start to be a trending search term now that Ars has published this article. Below is an embedded twitter search that I'll be watching closely over the next few days to see what else pops up.

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