December 2017 Archives

Tue Dec 19 15:21:51 EET 2017

Merry Christmas and all the best in 2018! :)

Merry Christmas and all the best in 2018! :)

There is still some time for the cpunks thread "predictions about

send gifts for old good times

Posted by ksmas | Permanent link

Thu Dec 14 09:47:33 EET 2017

Ния 2017-12-14

Posted by ния | Permanent link

Sat Dec 2 12:37:24 EET 2017

Dystopia: Worm destroys half of the computers

Dystopia: Worm destroys half of the computers

by Georgi Guninski, 2017-12-02 ver. 1.0

Allegedly Steven Hawking said:

“I think computer viruses should count as life ... I think it says something
 about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is 
purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.”

On a cold sunny winter day a worm destroyed half of the computers.

It exploited few zero days in the BIOS remote management system which is OS agnostic.

By design the worm was destructive. It flashed all firmware it could and did
physical damage turning the device into unbootable “brick”. Wiped all data from
device's storage too.

If the worm could connect to the management port the device was essentially
owned. Antivirus warez didn't help since they didn't have a change to note
any “anomaly”.

The implications on the real world were severe. Severely malfunctioning
were shops, hospitals and a lot of other stuff.

Older generation worms like ILOVEYOU, WannaCry looked like wanted security
updates compared to the worm.

Some service providers were so little screwed up, if they wanted to be up, they
had to offer free services to all. Cynics joked this was the first real
beta testing of communism.

Crazy people claimed Pink Floyd predicted the mess around 1980 by singing
“Waiting for the worms to come”.

Posted by crank | Permanent link