Happy 2019, year of the UEFI infections

Subject: General Tech | January 2, 2019 - 02:54 PM |
Tagged: uefi, lojack, security, LoJax

Welcome to a new year and a new vulnerability which has the potential to ruin your day, even if you wipe your computer and start afresh.  Researchers have spotted a rootkit which installs itself in your motherboards UEFI using technology adopted from LoJack, which is properly used to access a stolen computer without the person who currently has it knowing about it. 

LoJax lives on your motherboard's SPI flash memory and the code silently executes on boot so it is hard to figure out if you have been infected at a glance.  If you are then the only way to remove it is to flash a BIOS which overwrites that specific area of flash ... or toss the motherboard out.  You can read a lot more about this over at Slashdot.

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"Researchers hunting cyber-espionage group Sednit (an APT also known as Sofacy, Fancy Bear and APT28) say they have discovered the first-ever instance of a rootkit targeting the Windows Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) in successful attacks."

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January 2, 2019 | 04:21 PM - Posted by yeah...illflashYOURbios (not verified)

hehe... flash your bios or throw your board in the trash.

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January 2, 2019 | 05:31 PM - Posted by TheRingBelowZeroToUnlimitedPawning (not verified)

Universal Extensible Firmware Interface! One interface to Rule them all and in the background Pawn Them!

January 3, 2019 | 12:50 PM - Posted by Naruto Uzumaki (not verified)

But first remove the gold and silver.

January 2, 2019 | 06:15 PM - Posted by vince (not verified)

Why cant we set a long password for the UEFI Bios so it can't get in to high jack it.......vince

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January 7, 2019 | 02:32 AM - Posted by lexx

the UEFI lojack tracking is interesting use as it should work more or less work any motherboard (unfortunately it's been used as rootkit for a bios)

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