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Cisco Acquires OpenDNS For $635 Million

Category: General News
Posted: July 1, 2015 03:39PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Cisco has announced that it plans to acquire cloud-based security firm OpenDNS for $635 million. Cisco had previously invested $35 million in the company and as a result obtained "defensive rights that give it an edge to acquire companies it has invested in ahead of competitors." Cisco has traditionally focused on security from a firewall perspective, though it branched into intrusion detection and prevention with the acquisition of Sourcefire in 2013. The purchase of OpenDNS enhances this ability as it "uses predictive intelligence to block malware, botnets and phishing threats that antivirus and firewalls miss."

Source: NDTV



Microsoft is Apparently Interested in Acquiring AMD

Category: General News
Posted: June 30, 2015 03:44AM
Author: Brentt Moore

According to reports familiar with the matter, Microsoft approached AMD several months ago in an attempt to discuss acquisition details. While no relevant information concerning the talks has been released at this time, the idea of Microsoft acquiring AMD is something that may prove beneficial for both companies, especially AMD. It comes as no surprise that AMD is currently in a tough spot, with the GPU market being dominated by NVIDIA and the CPU market being led by Intel. Even the research and development budget for AMD was at a 10 year low just three months ago, and the company itself has a valuation that is three times lower than what AMD paid for ATI Technologies in 2006. Fortunately, Microsoft utilizes an AMD system-on-chip in its Xbox One, and based on current life-to-date sales of the gaming console, Microsoft has already paid AMD $1.26 billion for the chips. If the acquisition of AMD by Microsoft did actually happen, the software giant could save itself substantial money when it comes to its latest Xbox console and could boost the technological advances of products produced by AMD.

The news of Microsoft approaching AMD for a possible acquisition deal comes just days after it was reported that AMD could spin off into multiple businesses to make itself more competitive. AMD dismissed these rumors for the most part, however, with an AMD spokesperson addressing the news head-on.

Source: KitGuru



Google to Build Data Center in Alabama Power Plant

Category: General News
Posted: June 29, 2015 03:45PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Google has announced an agreement to build its 14th data center in a coal based power plant in Alabama, with an intent to work with the Tennessee Valley Authority "to scout for new renewable power projects and put them online." Google is hoping to bring in alternative power sources to help make the data center more environmentally friendly. Construction of the data center is expected to begin next year while the last coal generator in the plant is expected to shut down in October of this year. The power plant site presents several advantages for data center construction including access to a water supply for cooling computers, well-built structures, and rail line conduits that can be modified to run fiber optic cables.

Source: NY Times



Amazon Releasing Alexa Skills Kit API to Developers

Category: CPU's, General News
Posted: June 25, 2015 04:00PM
Author: Nick Harezga

With the recent public release of Amazon Echo, the company is hoping to drum up some fresh ideas for the device. As part of this effort Amazon is looking to get other parties involved with the release of the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) APIs to developers. Amazon said that the ASK APIs will help the developers to "integrate existing Web services with Alexa or, in just a few hours, they can build entirely new experiences designed around voice." Amazon VP of Echo and Alexa Voice Services Greg Hart further elaborated stating, "[W]e're making the Alexa Skills Kit available to any developer, maker, or general hobbyist that wants to invent on behalf of customers, creating new skills and capabilities." Amazon is also opening its Alexa Voice Services to third-party hardware developers for free.

Source: PC Mag



ECS Releases Official Statement Concerning DIGITIMES Article

Category: General News
Posted: June 25, 2015 03:54AM
Author: Brentt Moore

It was reported yesterday by news outlet DIGITIMES that ECS was apparently leaving the DIY motherboard market due to increased pricing competition from other Taiwan-based motherboard vendors. The report, which was sourced from Taiwan-based supply chain makers, indicated that ECS would shift its focus towards ODM production of notebooks and tablets as well as production of mini-PCs. The President of ECS, Sunny Yang, has since released an official statement that explains that the motherboard manufacturer has no plans of leaving the DIY motherboard business as the DIGITIMES article referenced. According to Yang, ECS remains committed to the DIY motherboard market and values the relationship the company currently has with consumers across the world. ECS plans to incorporate additional resources in the future that will allow its motherboard business to continue to advance and reach as many people as possible, thereby ensuring long-term growth.

Source: DIGITIMES and Press Release



AMD Addresses Spinoff Rumors

Category: General News
Posted: June 24, 2015 03:40PM
Author: Nick Harezga

On Friday Reuters reported that AMD had hired a consulting firm to help it explore potential options to breakup or spinoff the company into multiple parts. AMD issued a statement to WCCF Tech shortly thereafter through spokesperson Sarah Youngbauer to address the rumors stating, "AMD provided official confirmation that we have not hired an outside agency to explore spinning-off/splitting the company. We remain committed to the long-term strategy we laid out for the company in May at our Financial Analyst Day, which encompasses all parts of the business."

Source: WCCF Tech



Developers are Actively Leaving SourceForge After DevShare Outcry

Category: General News
Posted: June 21, 2015 04:14PM
Author: Brentt Moore

SourceForge recently found itself in hot water after users publically bashed the Open Source and project hosting website for pushing DevShare, an opt-in feature that introduces junkware alongside legitimate software within SourceForge’s own installer. SourceForge was bundling Open Source software without consent from various developers, meaning that programs like GIMP were included within the SourceForge installer despite the well wishes of GIMP developers. Although the push for DevShare was somewhat short-lived, as SourceForge has stated that it has stopped including third-party offers without consent from developers, various Open Source projects are now leaving SourceForge as a direct result of the shady actions taken by the website. Some of the main programs that are moving away from SourceForge include Wine and Notepad++, with the developer of Notepad++ publically stating that "SourceForge was a good place; unfortunately, sometimes good places don’t last."

Source: PCWorld



AMD Could Spin Off Multiple Businesses

Category: General News
Posted: June 21, 2015 09:57AM
Author: Nick Harezga

Reuters is reporting that AMD is considering splitting into multiple businesses "seeking to reverse its fortunes and take on rival Intel Corp, according to three people familiar with the matter." The split could occur in multiple different scenarios with AMD hiring a consulting firm to explore its options. This wouldn't be the first time that AMD has looked down this road, but new CEO Lisa Su "judged that there is merit for the company to at least consider such a possibility again." AMD has started to face pressure from a number of new companies in addition to traditional rival Intel in the CPU space and a spin off would certainly shake up the computer hardware landscape.

Source: Reuters



LastPass Issues Security Warning

Category: General News
Posted: June 15, 2015 04:23PM
Author: Nick Harezga

LastPass is a popular password management utility that has features such as encrypted password storage, auto form filling, and password generation. The company has revealed that it "discovered and blocked suspicious activity" on Friday but also stated that no encrypted data or user accounts were accessed. Information that was compromised includes "LastPass account email addresses, password reminders, server per user salts, and authentication hashes." LastPass believes that the encryption methods it uses will keep the compromised data safe but has implemented a few procedures going forward just to be safe. Logins from new devices or IP addresses will require an additional verification step and all users will be prompted to reset their master password.

Source: LastPass



Noctua Shows Off Its Wares at Computex

Category: General News
Posted: June 12, 2015 12:23PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Noctua was on hand at Computex 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan this past week and has posted a summary of the products it brought on its website for those that couldn't make the trip. The highlight of the show was the upcoming next-generation 120mm A-series fan which was named the best cooling product at the show by Tom's Hardware. Noctua has also updated the NH-U12 and NH-U14 CPU coolers with deeper cooling fins providing for an increase in surface area. The company also achieved a reduction in size of the Active Noise Cancelling project, with the controller now able to fit on the PCB of a fan rather than as an external component. The industrialPPC range of products will be receiving a pair of new fans in the NF-A9 and NF-A8, set to be available in Q2 2016.

Source: Noctua




Google Sidewalk Labs Plans to Tackle Problems of City Living

Category: General News
Posted: June 11, 2015 04:24PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Sidewalk Labs is the latest project to come out of Google known as a "moon shot" and is "dedicated to improving life in cities and urban areas." Among the chief issues that the company hopes to address are cost of living and energy usage. Sidewalk Labs issued a statement about these issues stating, "However, while there are apps to tell people about traffic conditions, or the prices of available apartments, the biggest challenges that cities face — such as making transportation more efficient and lowering the cost of living, reducing energy usage and helping government operate more efficiently have, so far, been more difficult to address." Google CEO Larry Page described the modest investment in the company saying, "It’s an area where I hope we can really improve people’s lives, similar to Google[x] and [healthcare-focused] Calico." As with other Google side projects it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Source: Tech Crunch



Patent Filing Reveals NVIDIA Virtual Reality Plans

Category: General News
Posted: June 11, 2015 03:57PM
Author: Nick Harezga

A recent patent filing by NVIDIA confirms rumors from earlier this year that the company was working on a virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). The HMD is powered by the Tegra X1 Super Chip and is visually similar to other current and upcoming VR offerings such as the Oculus Rift. The device will have three sets of cameras, two looking down, two looking front, and two looking to the sides. Three sets of cameras will "help map the real world area surrounding the player when using the device," while the bottom cameras will "track gestures with ‘sub-millimetre movement resolution’, which suggest hand-tracking as a potential form of input for the kit."

Source: VR Focus



SourceForge Bundling Junkware With Software Downloads

Category: General News
Posted: June 10, 2015 04:16PM
Author: Nick Harezga

SourceForge has long been a popular site for Open Source downloads and project hosting. Other resources such as GitHub have taken the lead, but SourceForge is still widely used. The site was purchased along with Slashdot in 2012 by Dice Holdings, and shortly thereafter a feature called DevShare was released. DevShare is an opt-in feature that wraps the software in "SourceForge’s own installer, which pushes intrusive junkware onto your system." The service followed this guideline at the start, though multiple developers are reporting that their software is being bundled with the junkware despite not opting in, GIMP being a notable example.

Source: How to Geek



be quiet! Announces Several New Products at Computex

Category: General News
Posted: June 4, 2015 04:10PM
Author: Nick Harezga

be quiet! has announced the addition of several new products across multiple different market segments. The Pure Wings 2 are PWM fans that range in size from 80mm to 140mm. The fans can be controlled by the motherboard and feature quiet operation even at maximum speed with an expected availability of September. The SilentWings 3 fans feature a new fan frame and intake mechanism to reduce vibration, power consumption, and sound while keeping cooling performance up. The SilentWings 3 will be available in October at sizes of 120mm and 140mm in PWM and non-PWM options. The Shadow Rock LP is a low profile CPU cooler with a Pure Wings 2 fan. The Dark Rock TF has two pre-installed SilentWings fans and is described as having "extremely high cooling performance."

The Silent Base 800 Window is a computer case that has the same features as the Silent Base 800 with the addition of a side panel window. It will be available in July at an MSRP of $149 in orange, black, and silver. The Silent Base 600 is a brand new case with windowed and non-windowed configurations. It can accommodate three 3.5" internal drives, three 2.5" internal drives, three 5.25" drives, video cards up to 400mm in length, and CPU coolers up to 170mm in height. Two Pure Wings 2 fans are pre-installed with space for an additional five. It will be available in October at an MSRP of $99 for the non-windowed version and $115 for the windowed version. The Dark Power Pro 11 is an 80 PLUS Platinum power supply with an overclocking key to choose between a single and multiple 12V rails. It will be available in capacities ranging from 550W to 1200W

Source: Press Release




Intel to Acquire Altera for $16.7 Billion

Category: General News
Posted: June 1, 2015 04:27PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Intel and Altera have been dancing around a deal for several months, and today the two companies finally settled on a price. Intel will pay $54 per share for Altera in an all cash deal valued at $16.7 billion. Altera has a large presence in the FPGA and ASIC markets and with the purchase Intel gains access to valuable data center and Internet of Things business opportunities. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich described the acquisition stating, "With this acquisition, we will harness the power of Moore's Law to make the next generation of solutions not just better, but able to do more. Whether to enable new growth in the network, large cloud data centers or IoT segments, our customers expect better performance at lower costs." FPGAs can be developed in far less time, days or weeks, compared to the processors developed by Intel which can take up to three years from start to finish. FPGAs can be re-programmed at any time making it easy to update with new firmware, opening up the potential for new avenues of business for Intel.

Source: USA Today



Avago Acquiring Broadcom for $37 Billion

Category: General News
Posted: May 29, 2015 04:52PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Avago has announced plans to acquire Broadcom for $37 billion in the "largest mergers of chipmakers ever." Both companies have a large presence in the wireless space, with Broadcom a major supplier for Apple and Samsung smartphones. The new company will keep the Broadcom name and will be based in Singapore, creating the third largest semiconductor company behind Intel and Qualcomm. The acquisition will "help the companies improve their bargaining position with manufacturers," which could in turn create better products and prices for consumers.

Source: Reuters



Amazon Prime Includes Free Same-Day Shipping in Select Markets

Category: General News
Posted: May 28, 2015 05:07AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Amazon is quickly expanding its shipping options for its customers, especially those who currently subscribe to its Prime service. For some time now, the company has already offered free two-hour delivery of tens of thousands of items for customers located in Manhattan, and has expanded Prime Now to residents of Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Dallas, and Miami. The company for some time has also offered its grocery delivery service, titled Amazon Fresh, to customers located in New York City, Seattle, Philadelphia and parts of California. Now, Amazon has revealed that Prime members can select same-day delivery on over 1 million eligible items, all at no additional cost. 

The new same-day delivery option for Prime members is available to customers in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Indianapolis, the Los Angeles metro area, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay area, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Washington, DC. In order to receive free same-day delivery, which is available seven days a week, Prime members must ensure that their qualifying order is placed before noon and includes at least $35 worth of items. If these restrictions are not met, Prime customers located in these regions can still receive their order the next day.

Source: CNET



IRS Compromised by Hackers, Thousands of Records Stolen

Category: General News
Posted: May 27, 2015 03:19PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The United States Internal Revenue Service revealed yesterday that hackers were able to obtain information for about 100,000 taxpayers since the middle of February. The hackers used information collected from another source to get past an online authentication process to make off with "a detailed dossier of their personal information including income and social security numbers." The information required to get past this page includes "Social Security information, date of birth, tax filing status and street address," which likely indicates that the IRS system wasn't as deeply compromised as recent attacks on retailers such as Target. Taxpayers targeted by the attack could be victims of a tax refund theft scheme, but are unlikely to see compromised credit cards or bank accounts. The IRS plans to contact all people targeted in the attack, and will pay for credit monitoring for those that had their information confirmed to be stolen.

Source: Wired



Charter Communications Plans Acquisition of Time Warner Cable

Category: General News
Posted: May 26, 2015 03:33PM
Author: Nick Harezga

In the wake of a failed merger with Comcast, Time Warner Cable has found a new suitor in Charter Communications. Charter will pay $56.7 billion for Time Warner, and also plans to acquire Bright House Networks for $10.4 billion. After the merger, Charter will be the second largest cable company by subscribers, moving past AT&T and trailing only Comcast. Charter hopes that the merger won't face the same criticism from the FCC as the proposed Comcast and Time Warner merger as it won't create as great of a competitive advantage. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler addressed the proposed acquisition and described the FCC process stating, "The FCC reviews every merger on its merits and determines whether it would be in the public interest. In applying the public interest test, an absence of harm is not sufficient. The Commission will look to see how American consumers would benefit if the deal were to be approved." Charter feels that the merger will add value to customers of all involved companies stating, "Charter’s slowest speed tier (60Mbps downstream) is considerably faster and less expensive than TWC’s comparable tiers, with no data caps or usage based pricing.Charter will bring these products and pricing to TWC and BHN [Bright House Networks] customers, while embracing TWC’s and BHN’s rollouts of a 300Mbps tier."

Source: Ars Technica



CareFirst Suffers Security Breach of Single Database

Category: General News
Posted: May 20, 2015 07:26PM
Author: Brentt Moore

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has officially announced that roughly 1.1 million current and former CareFirst members and individuals who do business with the health insurer online are affected by a recently found security breach. The cyberattack on CareFirst that affects the 1.1 million individuals occurred in June 2014, in which attackers successfully gained limited access to a single database that contained usernames, names, birth dates, email addresses, and subscriber identification numbers. Fortunately, no account passwords were compromised as a result of the security breach, and the database that was accessed contained no Social Security numbers, medical claims, employment, credit card, or financial information. Chet Burrell, the CareFirst President and CEO, publically stated that the company regrets any concern that customers now face due to the attack, and that all affected customers will be provided with two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection.

Source: CareFirst



Oculus VR Hosting an Event on June 11

Category: General News
Posted: May 20, 2015 04:35PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Oculus VR sent out invitations to an event that will be held in San Francisco on June 11 with the tagline "Step into the Rift." It is speculated that the company will reveal the consumer version of the Oculus Rift VR headset, which currently has an early 2016 release date. The company is also planning to show it off at E3 which starts on June 16, and unveiling it prior to the event would make sense. Oculus recently revealed the minimum system specs for using the Rift, requiring an Intel i5-4590, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD R9 290.

Source: PC Mag



Channel Partner Program Benefits Improved by TRENDnet

Category: General News
Posted: May 19, 2015 05:43AM
Author: Brentt Moore


TRENDnet, a best-in-class networking and surveillance hardware brand, has publically revealed that it has boosted the benefits of its channel partner program known as upTREND. While the program already provides IT and security channel partners in the United States and Canada with additional rebates, the company is now offering even more front end discounts and back end rebates to its partners. Registered upTREND Value Partners will receive an additional two percent front end discount on all TRENDnet product purchases through approved channels, while upTREND Silver Partners will receive an additional two percent back end rebate on all approved channel purchases. 

The news comes after Rodney Finney, the North America Sales Director for TRENDnet, announced that the company has “raced passed the 2,000 active partner threshold for our North America upTREND Partner Program.” Finney went on to say that “Upgraded program discounts and rebates immediately reward our Value Added Resellers, System Integrators, and Security Solution Providers by increasing their margins and competitive advantage."

Source: Press Release



Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Apple Against Samsung

Category: General News
Posted: May 18, 2015 05:03PM
Author: Nick Harezga

A United States appeals court has ruled in favor of Apple in one of two remaining court cases against Samsung. The ruling established that Samsung "used patented designs and two features of the Apple iPhone in older models of its devices." Apple was awarded $548 million in damages which equates to about two days of iPhone sales. The court also ruled that the "iPhone’s appearance that Apple sought to protect is as much about function as beauty, and isn’t eligible for perpetual coverage under U.S. trademark law," which could cost the company $382 million. Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock addressed the ruling stating "Even though Samsung must pay for its widespread infringement of our patents, this case has always been about more than money. It’s about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love, which is hard to put a price on." At this point it appears that the two companies are ready to move forward from the long history of court battles.

Source: Bloomberg



OSVR Adds New Partners, Support for More Devices

Category: General News
Posted: May 18, 2015 04:42PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Razer has announced that the Open Source Virtual Reality project has gained a number of partners and new features, moving it "closer to becoming a universal standard for integrating virtual reality content." The four new supported technologies are OpenVR from Valve, MonoGame, VorpX, and Unigine. OpenVR is probably the most well known of the four, with the other three offering software support. MonoGame is an "open source port of the XNA 4.0 framework," VorpX allows DirectX 9-11 games to use VR hardware, and Unigine is a "proprietary cross-platform game engine used for virtual reality systems." CEO of Sensics Yuval Boger described the new support stating, "With a single OSVR plugin, developers gain access to free and optimized and industry proven engines like Unity, Unreal, SteamVR, Unigine and MonoGame. OSVR makes it easy for developers to create high quality content which is then supported by a wide range of devices through a standardized interface." OSVR has also added 15 partners including Digital Happiness, Titans of Space, and Incandescent Imaging, bringing the total partner count to 118.

Source: OSVR



New Bug Could Target Datacenters

Category: General News
Posted: May 13, 2015 04:33PM
Author: Nick Harezga

A new zero-day vulnerability known as Virtualized Environment Neglected Operations Manipulation, or Venom, has been discovered by security researchers with the virtualized infrastructure of datacenters believed to be a prime target. Venom works by exploiting a "legacy common component in widely-used virtualization software," which can be used to "gain access to the entire hypervisor, as well as every network-connected device in that datacenter." Venom is found in Open Source hypervisor QEMU in a virtual floppy disk controller that can allow hackers to crash the entire hypervisor and gain access to other virtual machines on that hypervisor. CrowdStrike researcher Jason Geffner, who found Venom, compared it to Heartbleed stating, "Heartbleed lets an adversary look through the window of a house and gather information based on what they see. Venom allows a person to break in to a house, but also every other house in the neighborhood as well." CrowdStrike revealed the exploit to parties impacted by the exploit before publicly releasing the information today.

Source: ZDNet



Ultra HD Blu-ray Specification is Finally Complete

Category: General News
Posted: May 13, 2015 06:32AM
Author: Brentt Moore

It has been revealed by the Blu-ray Disc Association that the Ultra HD Blu-ray specification, which provides support for content up to 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution, has finally been completed. Along with the support for Ultra HD content, ensuring a truly immersive experience to UHD TV households, the Ultra HD Blu-ray specification allows for the delivery of high frame rate and high dynamic range content.  The Ultra HD Blu-ray specification provides support for the delivery of object-based sound formats, and also mandates that all new players that support the latest specification be backways compatible with current Blu-ray Discs.

Ultra HD Blu-ray is expected to be licensed this summer, with the Blu-ray Disc Association working closely with leaders of the authoring, testing, certification, and replication industries to ensure the proper support for the latest specification.

Source: TechPowerUp



Google Cars Have Been in 11 Accidents, At Fault in None

Category: General News
Posted: May 12, 2015 03:53PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The director of Google's self-driving car program, Chris Urmson, has revealed some information about the progress of the program, in response to an article that noted the cars had been in four accidents in California. The cars have been on the road for six years and have accumulated a total distance of 1.7 million miles driven. The mileage is split between autonomous and manual driving modes, with the car driving itself for more than one million of those miles. In that time a total of 11 minor accidents, or those with minor damage and no injuries, were reported. The most significant aspect of this information is that the self-driving car was not at fault in any of the 11 accidents. Google is making the best of the situation and uses data collected from accidents to help improve the self-driving algorithms that power the cars.

Source: Backchannel via Popular Science



Verizon Acquiring AOL for $4.4 Billion

Category: General News
Posted: May 12, 2015 06:31AM
Author: Brentt Moore

According to both Verizon and AOL, the former will be purchasing the latter in an acquisition deal that is valued at $4.4 billion. The move to purchase AOL comes at a time when Verizon is looking to expand its offerings surrounding the Internet of Things. Verizon will likely benefit from the digital and video experience that AOL has, as the company has successfully generated millions in digital advertising revenue while also supporting large and exciting media brands such as Engadget, TechCrunch, and The Huffington Post. Lowell McAdam, the Chairman and CEO of Verizon, noted that "AOL has once again become a digital trailblazer, and we are excited at the prospect of charting a new course together in the digitally connected world."

Source: TweakTown



Yelp Likely Exploring Sale Options

Category: General News
Posted: May 8, 2015 06:21AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Yelp, the amazingly popular review site that provides reviews for virtually all types of consumer businesses, is apparently looking for a potential buyer. While Shannon Eis, a Yelp spokeswoman, noted that the company does not comment on any type of rumors or speculation surrounding the popular social media site, people familiar with the matter have noted that the company has been in touch with potential buyers recently and is also working with investment bankers. The company’s stock has fallen nearly 15 percent over the last year, but Yelp has made some intriguing business moves that have propelled it forward, such as the purchase of Eat24 just three months ago. In a sale, Yelp is likely to be worth $3.5 billion, which is quite impressive since it launched just 11 years ago as an email service for sharing recommendations.

Source: CNET



Proof-of-concept Malware Targets GPUs

Category: General News
Posted: May 7, 2015 03:43PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Information about two proof-of-concept pieces of malware reveals that the software targets the GPU, rather than the more common CPU attack vector. Targeting the GPU allows the malware to "run without the usual software hooks or modifications malware makes in the operating system kernel. Those modifications can be dead giveaways that a system is infected." Jellyfish is a Linux based rootkit that uses the OpenCL API to target both AMD and NVIDIA GPUs, but requires the system to have a dedicated graphics card. The Demon keylogger is based off a 2013 research paper titled You Can Type, but You Can’t Hide: A Stealthy GPU-based Keylogger. In the paper the researchers stated, "The evaluation of our prototype implementation shows that a GPU-based keylogger can effectively record all user keystrokes, store them in the memory space of the GPU, and even analyze the recorded data in-place, with negligible runtime overhead."

Source: Ars Technica



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