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Dell Ships Infected Motherboards 326

An anonymous reader writes "Computer maker Dell is warning that some of its server motherboards have been delivered to customers carrying an unwanted extra: computer malware. It could be confirmation that the 'hardware trojans' long posited by some security experts are indeed a real threat."

Comment Local admin rights? (Score 2, Interesting) 605

Why not simply work on virtual machines? Then you know they are clean and you can have all the rights you want and still have comply with company rules.

In a lot of environments, setting up a good seperation is simply to costly in time, so you either end up with dev's with not enough rights to do their job or to many where they can endanger systems they shouldn't.

So it should not be needed to have local admin rights, but then the sysadmins got a hell of a job to setup everything so that it is not needed. Most sysadmins simply ain't capable of that, or if they are, are not given the time.

Comment Re:more evolved means better (Score 2, Informative) 568

He's over simplifying. Other things being equal, a population with a higher reproductive rate will out compete a similar population with a lower reproductive rate. The key there is other things being equal differences in organization of a complex population can be sufficient to counterbalance a reproductive rate advantage.

Comment Re:What happens when the reader breaks ? (Score 3, Insightful) 419

Let me start out by saying that I agree with you. And it's a good argument - it gets the emotional parts of the issue right out in the open. However, I see some things here that are going to be used, effectively, as a counter argument:

1. How many books do you own that you can pass on to your children? How old are those books?
2. Have you ever had a book destroyed through wearing out, getting destroyed by dog, fire, water, etc.?
3. Have you ever lost a book, had it borrowed or stolen?

I'm sure you can all see how these questions erode the argument. And the counter argument, pushing the statistical likelihood of a book being lost or destroyed before passing it on, versus the DRM getting screwed up - it's not very powerful. No one knows the real answer to that question - but people think they do - and so the argument loses those who already have an opinion.

Just some thoughts.

Submission + - Linux boxes make ideal botnet controllers (

lysdexia writes: "Yet another warning about RstB, this time from over at daniweb, so it's somewhat less silly than the usual anti-virus company [Moose Diarrhea|Soda]. I have been running linux since I was given a copy SLS (19-odd floppies) back in the dream time and have never had a virus or trojan crop up on any of my systems. How are these spread? Doofusism?

From the article: Security researchers at Sophos Labs have revealed that nearly 70 percent of all Linux honeypot infections are caused by a single virus. Perhaps even more shocking, all things considered, is the fact that the virus in question, Linux/Rst-B, is actually six years old now. So concerned is Sophos at this identified trend that is has now made a specific tool available just to detect whether this one virus is present on your Linux based computer or server."


Submission + - Linux and viruses: real threat or just more FUD? ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: Sophos have announced they are going to study the role of Linux in botnet plague.

Personally I have always regarded stories of Linux viruses as just another piece of FUD, but I suppose as the plan for global domination takes shape, the bad guys will come after us. How worried should we be?

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