11/18/2006

PCI cards the next haven for rootkits?

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Security researcher John Heasman released a paper this week describing a way to hide malicious code on graphics and network cards in such a way as to avoid detection and survive a full re-installation of the operating system.

The paper (PDF), published on Wednesday, builds on the work presented by Heasman earlier this year, describing ways to use the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) functions available on almost all motherboards to store and run a rootkit that could survive a reboot. The current paper outlines ways to use the expansion memory available on Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) cards, such as graphics cards and network cards.

Source: securityfocus

Nintendo’s Wii console launches

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Nintendo’s quirky new video game console, the Wii, goes on sale Sunday, just two days after the launch of the rival PlayStation 3 from Sony turned violent at some stores. The release of the Wii is expected to be less dramatic, mainly because Nintendo has made sure to have a lot more units available than Sony could muster.

Launching right after the much-hyped PlayStation 3 is a brave move for Nintendo Co., which is playing catch-up after losing dominance of the home console market to Sony Corp. in the mid-90s.

Source: AP

AMD’s Live outselling Intel’s Viiv, analyst says

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Advanced Micro Devices has eked out a slight lead over Intel in the battle over entertainment PCs, but it’s still very early in the game. Think of it as AMD winning the Iowa caucus.

Desktops based around the AMD Live platform have outsold Intel’s Viiv PCs in U.S. retail since August, according to Toni DuBoise, an analyst at Current Analysis.

Source: News.com

Movie studios sue DVD-to-iPod service

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The Motion Picture Association of America, citing copyright violations, has sued a company that sells digital media players and offers to transfer customers’ CD and DVD collections to the devices.

The MPAA, the trade group representing the film industry, contends that the company, Load ‘N Go, isn’t licensed to sell DVDs or rip them to customers’ media players.

“This company is in the business of offering unlawful copies of DVDs,” said Kori Bernards, an MPAA spokeswoman. “It makes unauthorized copies of movies and TV shows from encrypted DVDs and copies them on to portable video players.”

Fred von Lohmann, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, called the suit Hollywood’s attempt to force consumers to pay multiple times for the same content.

“This (lawsuit) would apply to you making a copy of your own DVDs in your own home,” von Lohmann said. “The movie industry is not just fighting piracy. They are in fact trying to take away your fair use rights and sell them back to you later.”

Source: News.com

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