a bit OT: used laptops, computrace rootkit

Michael Torrie torriem at gmail.com
Sat Mar 22 19:33:57 MDT 2014


On 03/22/2014 07:29 PM, Michael Torrie wrote:
> Moral of the story, don't ever buy used laptops.  Always run Linux.  And
> even on a new laptop, check the BIOS to see if Computrace is enabled.
> If it is, return it.  There are reports of several cases where this
> feature was activated on new machines without the owner's consent.
> Absolute.com has not proved responsive to these users either.  If it's
> enabled and you are running Windows

               ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Forgot to finish that thought.  If it's enabled in the BIOS and
activated, whenever you are running Windows, it's checking in with
Absolute.com.



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