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Interesting Absolute Software article

August 12th 2014 in Security

Worth a read: http://threatpost.com/millions-of-pcs-affected-by-mysterious-computrace-backdoor-2/107700

Coincidentally I’m dealing with a couple of laptops at the moment that seem to be impacted by this issue.  There is almost constant network traffic to and from Absolute Software servers emanating from the laptops. I sat there and watched the live network traffic capture for 15 minutes and the traffic did not stop.  But the owner of the laptops claims to be innocent of any involvement with Absolute Software.

So the question is, if the functionality is enabled, and there is no Absolute Software customer account and therefore nobody authorised to disable the software, what’s an affected user to do?  And how did the software become enabled? And why the ongoing traffic?



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