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Despite warnings, computers still vulnerable to hackers of start-up codes

Published on Aug 2, 2014 3:52 PM
 
A man types on a computer keyboard in Warsaw in this Feb 28, 2013, illustration picture. A multi-year effort to prevent hackers from altering computers while they boot up has largely failed because of lax application of preventive steps, researchers say, despite disclosures that flaws are being exploited. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - A multi-year effort to prevent hackers from altering computers while they boot up has largely failed because of lax application of preventive steps, researchers say, despite disclosures that flaws are being exploited.

In the latest sign that the problem persists, researchers at the federally funded MITRE lab said this week that many customers of Intel Corp still had not adopted revised security designs Intel distributed in March after the MITRE team found new vulnerabilities in the start-up process.

That could mean many newer Windows computers remain exposed, the MITRE team told Reuters ahead of a presentation at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas next week.

Intel’s point person on the issue, Mr Bruce Monroe, said he did not know how many suppliers and computer makers had followed Intel’s recommendations.

 
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