Friday, July 31, 2009

Computrace LoJack for latops can be cracked

LAS VEGAS — A popular laptop theft-recovery service that ships on notebooks made by big name laptop manufactures is actually a dangerous BIOS rootkit that can be hijacked and controlled by malicious crackers.

The service — called Computrace LoJack for Laptops — contains design vulnerabilities and a lack of strong authentication  that can lead to “a complete and persistent compromise of an affected system,” according to Black Hat conference presentation by researchers Alfredo Ortega and Anibal Sacco from Core Security Technologies.

The product is made by Absolute Software needs to be redesigned to make it 'cracker resistant.' 

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