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Internal LTE/3G modems can be hacked to help malware survive OS reinstalls

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    With their own dedicated processor and operating system, LTE/3G modems built into new business laptops and tablets could be a valuable target for hackers by providing a stealthy way to maintain persistent access to an infected device.

    In a presentation Saturday at the DEF CON security conference in Las Vegas, researchers Mickey Shkatov and Jesse Michael from Intel's security group demonstrated how a malware program installed on a computer could rewrite the firmware of a popular Huawei LTE modem module that's included in many devices.

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