[Trisquel-users] Intel processor microcode security update for Trisquel

stask at openmailbox.org stask at openmailbox.org
Sun Dec 29 17:49:04 CET 2013


Interesting and BIOS related.

"The specialists at ANT, which presumably stands for Advanced or Access  
Network Technology, could be described as master carpenters for the NSA's  
department for Tailored Access Operations (TAO). In cases where TAO's usual  
hacking and data-skimming methods don't suffice, ANT workers step in with  
their special tools, penetrating networking equipment, monitoring mobile  
phones and computers and diverting or even modifying data. Such "implants,"  
as they are referred to in NSA parlance, have played a considerable role in  
the intelligence agency's ability to establish a global covert network that  
operates alongside the Internet."

"The ANT division doesn't just manufacture surveillance hardware. It also  
develops software for special tasks. The ANT developers have a clear  
preference for planting their malicious code in so-called BIOS, software  
located on a computer's motherboard that is the first thing to load when a  
computer is turned on."

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/catalog-reveals-nsa-has-back-doors-for-numerous-devices-a-940994.html


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