- May 19, 2011
Hidden code in hundreds of models of Gigabyte motherboards invisibly and insecurely downloads programs—a feature ripe for abuse, researchers say.
Inaccurate headline, since "sold with a firmware backdoor" suggests an intention of Gigabyte to allow unauthorised (as far as the end user is concerned) entry to systems, whereas the body of the article suggests a heavily flawed silent updating system is susceptible to hijacking by malicious actors.
I really wish I knew why companies like Asus and Gigabyte insist on creating bad software and trying to push it on as many people as possible. Please, just concentrate on making sound hardware, and if you really have to write software, please keep it to a minimum and give us the opt-in choice of using it.
In keeping with Gigabyte's recent stellar PR tactics, no doubt they'll try to blame the messenger.
This page on my computer had an annoying tendency to spawn a pop-up that made reading the article difficult. 'Reader mode' in Firefox allowed me to read the article without further interruption (load the page then fire up reader mode ASAP before the pop-up appears).