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ShadowBrokers Releases NSA UNITEDRAKE Manual That Targets Windows Machines (schneier.com) 99

AmiMoJo shares a report from Schneier on Security: The ShadowBrokers released the manual for UNITEDRAKE, a sophisticated NSA Trojan that targets Windows machines: "Able to compromise Windows PCs running on XP, Windows Server 2003 and 2008, Vista, Windows 7 SP 1 and below, as well as Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, the attack tool acts as a service to capture information. UNITEDRAKE, described as a 'fully extensible remote collection system designed for Windows targets,' also gives operators the opportunity to take complete control of a device. The malware's modules -- including FOGGYBOTTOM and GROK -- can perform tasks including listening in and monitoring communication, capturing keystrokes and both webcam and microphone usage, the impersonation users, stealing diagnostics information and self-destructing once tasks are completed."
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ShadowBrokers Releases NSA UNITEDRAKE Manual That Targets Windows Machines

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  • by waynemcdougall ( 631415 ) <slashdot@codeworks.gen.nz> on Monday September 11, 2017 @06:27PM (#55177735) Homepage

    Self-destruction? A complete self-uninstall - no registry entries left behind, no temporary files, DLL's lurking in system32, no empty folders?

    It's miracle software. NSA - sell your uninstaller and you can pay off the US National debt.

  • Uni Ted Rake?
    Unit E D Rake?
    Unit E Drake?
    Unit Ed Rake?
    Unite Drake?
    United Rake?

  • by zlives ( 2009072 ) on Monday September 11, 2017 @06:42PM (#55177797)

    notice win10 is not on the list :)
    because NSA doesn't need undertake, spyware is baked in /duck

    • Microsoft copied United Drake and named it System Center. However, it is harder to configure and doesn't always work, but the NSA knows how to use its API to get whatever it needs, including your keystrokes.

      This is why I don't run Windows 10.

  • except dumb remote access keystroke extensions.
  • We already know Windows security is crap which is why malware for Linux systems would be far more interesting.

  • Computers are insecure. They run software. Software can do anything the programmers wants it to. The operating system doesn't matter either. Why do people expect computers or the Internet to be secure? They aren't.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 11, 2017 @06:50PM (#55177845)

    they deserve what every they get. After almost 25 years of problems with Windows NT, I don't understand why anyone still uses it.

    • by ELCouz ( 1338259 )
      Good luck running any money making software on anything else than Windows. Wine and Bootcamp exist for that particular reason.
    • I bought a used mid-2012 MBP recently. It's been great, and I use it a ton for homework (gone back to school), and light browsing. I don't even use my Surface Pro anymore.

      But that's about all I really use it for. Most Autodesk software is Windows only, this is software I need for work. That, and I maintain a small c# .net plugin for one of them. Most of my games are Windows only as well.

      Other than that, I really love macOS. I wish more software ran on it, because if not for the aforementioned issues, I'd h

  • by Anonymous Coward

    NSA for having their stuff stolen and published.
    Microsoft for making the shipping the bugs that made it all possible.

    The sad thing is that neither seems much concerned.

  • Anybody that believes Microsoft's claims that Windows is secure needs this reality check.

  • Why do they need unitedrake when they have AMT? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... [wikipedia.org]
  • "Contact Software, Inc.
    12345 Main Street â Suite 100
    Phone 123.456.7890 â Fax 123.456.7890"

    No city or state provided.

    Seems legit.

  • 2012R2 OK ?

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