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Malware PRELOADED on computers built and shipped from CHINA.

 
JennOfArc
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Malware PRELOADED on computers built and shipped from CHINA.
I knew the US government had become aware of preloaded spyware being installed on government computers built and shipped from China. Looks like they haven't nipped it in the bud yet, and in fact, it's spreading to consumer machines.

"We found malware capable of remotely turning on an infected computer’s microphone and video camera, potentially giving a cybercriminal eyes and ears into a victim’s home or business. Additionally, we found malware that records a person’s every key stroke, allowing cybercriminals to steal a victim’s personal information," said Richard Domingues Boscovich, assistant general counsel of Microsoft's digital crimes unit, in the blog post.

Full story,
[link to www.zdnet.com]
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I really think to build my next Com.
by my self, with old Parts!

And of course without a Cam.!
G.Y.!B.E.
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09/14/2012 04:35 AM

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Damn... Pretty smart tho.


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09/14/2012 04:54 AM
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First thing I do when I get a new pc is a complete wipe and software re-build.
Seems like my pedanticism has been vindicated.
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I really think to build my next Com.
by my self, with old Parts!

And of course without a Cam.!
 Quoting: the mighty Atom

kitty I stick blu tac over my camera lens.
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09/14/2012 05:36 AM
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i got my comp from overclockers uk. so no spyware.
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09/14/2012 05:41 AM
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i got my comp from overclockers uk. so no spyware.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1546575


Question is, where did they get it from? Yup, you've guessed it :)
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09/14/2012 06:06 AM
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I built all my computers with the exception of my laptop and it's 5 years old. I use FreeBSD as an OS on them all and don't have a mic or cam on any of them.

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I bought a USB tv tuner from china off ebay. A month or so later my paypal account was hacked. When I ran snoop software which detects programs hijaking your computer it reported that the software that came with the USB tv tuner was trying to access my keyboard. I determined that the keylogger was pre-loaded onto the usb stick. That's pretty clever. It gets distributed all around the world straight from ebay. Who knows at what point of manufacture it gets loaded on.
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09/14/2012 06:19 AM
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Do they mean laptops with built in mic and cam?
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09/14/2012 06:22 AM
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I bought a USB tv tuner from china off ebay. A month or so later my paypal account was hacked. When I ran snoop software which detects programs hijaking your computer it reported that the software that came with the USB tv tuner was trying to access my keyboard. I determined that the keylogger was pre-loaded onto the usb stick. That's pretty clever. It gets distributed all around the world straight from ebay. Who knows at what point of manufacture it gets loaded on.
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bsflag its accesses your keyboard for quick keys to control the device in the USB how else do you expect to be able to change volume and channel? Only if this was allowed internet access could it be sending anyone anything anyway.
You should have a software firewall just in case and block almost everything until you need to use it.
And also have a physical hardware firewall as well.
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I doubt it matters whether there's a cam or not. The malware can grab your personal info and send it back for hacking of your accounts. They're not going to be interested in spying on domestics but if they could get the pc's into military, government or otherwise secretive organisations then the eyes and ears function would be useful.
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09/14/2012 06:29 AM
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So what! You can do this with Adobe macromedia flash and a UPnP router and doing DNS spoofing. Nothing new here. Time to switch to Ubuntu.
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09/14/2012 06:31 AM
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I doubt it matters whether there's a cam or not. The malware can grab your personal info and send it back for hacking of your accounts. They're not going to be interested in spying on domestics but if they could get the pc's into military, government or otherwise secretive organisations then the eyes and ears function would be useful.
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lol you idiot nothing can just "grab" something.
How do you suppose it connects unless I allow it?
You probably allow svchost to access the net lmao
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09/14/2012 06:33 AM
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First thing I do when I get a new pc is a complete wipe and software re-build.
Seems like my pedanticism has been vindicated.
 Quoting: Cahill


This will not neccessarily help you. Sometimes, the chinese have been known to add a chip to a circuit board (HARDWARE) which can do the spying. So wiping and re-installing is not going to help. It's WAY DEEPER than that.

I keep tape over my built-in cam.
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And also have a physical hardware firewall as well.
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If you've got an old PC sitting around gathering dust you can put it to use as a hardware firewall by loading pfSense on it. It's free, based on FreeBSD, and is easy to set up, configure, and run.

With the ipBlock app you can block all incoming or outgoing traffic to any country on the globe.

[link to pfsense.org]
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09/14/2012 06:47 AM
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HP are the worst with preloaded bloatware. No doubt some form of malware is installed


bought a HP notbooke last year. Ran like a dog, even with top specs. Wiped the drive with DOD 3 wipe process..installed win 7 fresh alongside fedora.

ran like a sprinted horse


if you buy a pre built computer, laptop, netbook, etc...do yourself a favor and learn how to install an OS, it's simple.
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I have some kind of virus that opens an irritating advertisement in the right or left corner (it moves) every time I open an new internet tab. It is very irritating.

Does anyone know what that is or how to get rid of it?

I think i got it from GLP, because it never opens in a GLP tab.
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09/14/2012 07:12 AM
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Wow I didn't know this.

If you can, just build your own and start from scratch.
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09/14/2012 07:21 AM
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Diskpart and look for virtual drives that arn't lettered and theres your malware
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09/14/2012 07:39 AM
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ATTENTION MORANS.

If your using windows, you have malware.
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09/14/2012 07:41 AM
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trojan horse
the truth will set you free ..
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Wow I didn't know this.

If you can, just build your own and start from scratch.
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Agreed.

This is the way I've always done it.

It's not that difficult.
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Malware PRELOADED on computers built and shipped from CHINA.

sigh

These were not shipped...

They were purchased in China at retail outlets...
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09/14/2012 08:06 AM
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ATTENTION MORANS.

If your using windows, you have malware.
 Quoting: Now You Have The Answer


Ayuh...
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09/14/2012 08:11 AM
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article says government computers...
Why does our government use any computer built in another country? Isn't that just asking for trouble considering right now China is sided with Russia against our policies
Correct me if I'm wrong..but is this not a pertinent questions
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09/14/2012 08:18 AM
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I have some kind of virus that opens an irritating advertisement in the right or left corner (it moves) every time I open an new internet tab. It is very irritating.

Does anyone know what that is or how to get rid of it?

I think i got it from GLP, because it never opens in a GLP tab.
 Quoting: Renegade (Me too)


Assuming you're running Windows, download and run MalwareBytes and see if that gets rid if it.

[link to www.malwarebytes.org]

You shouldn't run with Scripting enabled globally, which is probably how you got it in the first place. If you're not already, start using Firefox with the NoScript extension and only allow scripting on sites that you trust that won't work without it.
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I bought a USB tv tuner from china off ebay. A month or so later my paypal account was hacked. When I ran snoop software which detects programs hijaking your computer it reported that the software that came with the USB tv tuner was trying to access my keyboard. I determined that the keylogger was pre-loaded onto the usb stick. That's pretty clever. It gets distributed all around the world straight from ebay. Who knows at what point of manufacture it gets loaded on.
 Quoting: it's true 14440378


bsflag its accesses your keyboard for quick keys to control the device in the USB how else do you expect to be able to change volume and channel? Only if this was allowed internet access could it be sending anyone anything anyway.
You should have a software firewall just in case and block almost everything until you need to use it.
And also have a physical hardware firewall as well.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21662845


and run anti-virus....

open terminal/cmd prompt check for tcp connections, on windows netstat -ano will show you the pid with all the connections, you can open task manager change view to show with pid, track the pid that was connected and see exactly what program is doing the business, if you have your browser open you will most likely have tones of connections
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ATTENTION MORANS.

If your using windows, you have malware.
 Quoting: Now You Have The Answer


how did i install the masm32 sdk then? when you have to have a clean computer for it to install properly?
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I have some kind of virus that opens an irritating advertisement in the right or left corner (it moves) every time I open an new internet tab. It is very irritating.

Does anyone know what that is or how to get rid of it?

I think i got it from GLP, because it never opens in a GLP tab.
 Quoting: Renegade (Me too)


Assuming you're running Windows, download and run MalwareBytes and see if that gets rid if it.

[link to www.malwarebytes.org]

You shouldn't run with Scripting enabled globally, which is probably how you got it in the first place. If you're not already, start using Firefox with the NoScript extension and only allow scripting on sites that you trust that won't work without it.
 Quoting: Whowasthatmaskedman


Trying the free version now. Will let you know if this helps.

AVG didn't do it, so I uninstalled.
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I have some kind of virus that opens an irritating advertisement in the right or left corner (it moves) every time I open an new internet tab. It is very irritating.

Does anyone know what that is or how to get rid of it?

I think i got it from GLP, because it never opens in a GLP tab.
 Quoting: Renegade (Me too)


Assuming you're running Windows, download and run MalwareBytes and see if that gets rid if it.

[link to www.malwarebytes.org]

You shouldn't run with Scripting enabled globally, which is probably how you got it in the first place. If you're not already, start using Firefox with the NoScript extension and only allow scripting on sites that you trust that won't work without it.
 Quoting: Whowasthatmaskedman


Trying the free version now. Will let you know if this helps.

AVG didn't do it, so I uninstalled.
 Quoting: Renegade (Me too)


I think Malwarebytes got it: PUM.Hijack.

Thanks!
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