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Google's VirusTotal now picks out suspicious firmware

Discussion in 'Network World' started by RSS, Jan 28, 2016.

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    Google's VirusTotal service has added a new tool that analyzes firmware, the low-level code that bridges a computer's hardware and operating system at startup.

    Advanced attackers, including the U.S. National Security Agency, have targeted firmware as a place to embed malware since it's a great place to hide.

    Since antivirus programs "are not scanning this layer, the compromise can fly under the radar," wrote Francisco Santos, an IT security engineer with VirusTotal, in a blog post on Wednesday.

    Also, malware hidden in firmware often can't be easily erased and can survive reboots and fresh installs of an OS, Santos wrote.

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