A new virus is on the horizon. This time – GPU’s are the target!
As if we do not have enough viruses already, there is a new type of threat coming up. A team of coders have published a new ‘educational’ rootkit that’s virtually undetectable by current software programs. It hides itself in the VRAM (the RAM on the video card) on your machine. The developers stated that they created the new virus, called Jellyfish, to prove the vulnerability and the easy access to the computer through the video card. Jellyfish is capable of running on Nvidia, AMD, and Intel hardware (yes, even the integrated video graphic adapters are not protected).
The tricky part is that even if infected, the GPU (Graphic processing unit) utilization is only 0.1% – at least that’s what the creators have said. So far the anti-malware programs do not detect such infections, as they are brand new. Windows users are safe for now, as the program was initially developed for Linux, but Windows-based infections can’t be that far away.
Once installed, the virus immediately grants itself administrator rights and hands control of the machine control over to the hacker. It also has the ability to autostart – even if you turn off your computer, the code will start executing immediately after you turn on the machine. It doesn’t matter that the video cards are using DDR (which loses all data when disconnected), the malware writers have found a way around this. This means that the body of the virus cannot be found by current antivirus programs, as they are scanning the hard drive and the RAM on the computer but not the GPU memory.
As a result of this, experts are urging the anti-malware program developers to rethink their design and start targeting the previously thought to be safe areas on the computer.
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