Malware Running On Graphics Cards

Tagged: gpu, malware, Software, Technology
Source: Slashdot - Read the full article
Posted: 5 years 35 weeks ago

"Given the great potential of general-purpose computing on graphics processors, it is only natural to expect that malware authors will attempt to tap the powerful features of modern GPUs to their benefit. In this paper, the authors demonstrate the feasibility of implementing a malware that can utilize the GPU (PDF) to evade virus scanning applications. Moreover, the authors discuss the potential of more sophisticated attacks, like accessing the screen pixels periodically to harvest private data displayed on the user screen, or to trick the the user by displaying false, benign-looking information when visiting rogue web sites (e.g., overwriting suspicious URLs with benign-looking ones in the browser's address bar)." | more



GraysonPeddie's picture
Joined: 10/29/2006
Posts: 569

*unplugs computer while it's on* There. That should do it so that my computer won't be infected with malware. Of course, that would cause bad things in my hard drive and lose all my data that I did not save.

But for me, prevention is better than cure. :)

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Sigh, and of course they have to write an article pointing OUT the potential of these viruses, so now somebody just HAS to go out and make one >.>


Tiv's picture
Joined: 08/12/2009
Posts: 3584

I figure it's about time. Now we need to have scanner looking for viruses that hide inside the video card memory now.. sigh

I sleep fine at night knowing we are banning people who deserve it.  Tivon
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