One of the Internet’s most aggressive threats could take UEFI malware mainstream

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One of the Internet’s most aggressive threats has just gotten meaner, with the ability to infect one of the most critical parts of any modern-day computer.

Trickbot is a piece of malware that’s notable for its advanced capabilities. Its modular framework excels at gaining powerful administrator privileges, spreading rapidly from computer to computer in networks and performing reconnaissance that identifies infected computers belonging to high-value targets. It often uses readily available software like Mimikatz or exploits like EternalBlue stolen from the National Security Agency.

Once a simple banking fraud trojan, Trickbot over the years has evolved into a full-featured malware-as-a-service platform. Trickbot operators sell access to their vast number of infected machines to other criminals, who use the botnet to spread bank trojans, ransomware, and a host of other malicious software. Rather than having to go through the hassle of ensnaring victims themselves, customers have a ready-made group of computers

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The Internet’s Most Notorious Botnet Has an Alarming New Trick

In just the last two months, the cybercriminal-controlled botnet known as TrickBot has become, by some measures, public enemy number one for the cybersecurity community. It’s survived takedown attempts by Microsoft, a supergroup of security firms, and even US Cyber Command. Now it appears the hackers behind TrickBot are trying a new technique to infect the deepest recesses of infected machines, reaching beyond their operating systems and into their firmware.

Security firms AdvIntel and Eclypsium today revealed that they’ve spotted a new component of the trojan that TrickBot hackers use to infect machines. The previously undiscovered module checks victim computers for vulnerabilities that would allow the hackers to plant a backdoor in deep-seated code known as the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, which is responsible for loading a device’s operating system when it boots up. Because the UEFI sits on a chip on the computer’s motherboard outside of its hard drive,

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It’s Giving Tuesday! Here Are All the Ways You Can Give Back on the Internet’s Most Generous Day

In a 2020 that, for many, was filled with strife and struggle, this year’s Giving Tuesday presents a welcome opportunity to give back and offer gratitude and support to causes near and dear.

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What officially began in 2012 as a response to the retail-focused Black Friday and Cyber Monday events has grown over the years into an international movement that encourages citizens worldwide to do good.

Giving Tuesday was initially founded by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, and last summer became its very own organization, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and PayPal.

a group of people looking at a phone: After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday — and it's all about heart

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After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday — and it’s all about heart

This year’s Giving Tuesday falls on Dec. 1, and there are plenty of organizations where your dollar will go a lot farther than it usually

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Move Over, Keanu Reeves! Is This ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Star Coming for the ‘John Wick’ Actor’s Title as the ‘Internet’s Boyfriend’?

Fans now have unprecedented access to their favorite stars. But just as the internet loves the ability to reach out to a celebrity, the ones who retain some mystery are just as popular. Take Keanu Reeves, for example. The actor saw a significant career boost in the late 2010s, as his fan base continues to grow. But an unexpected actor similarly has taken off online.

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Keanu Reeves fans consider him the ‘internet’s boyfriend’

Somewhere between Reeves’ resurgence in 2014’s John Wick and the public reveal of his relationship with Alexandra Grant, fans gained a whole new appreciation for the actor. Of course, Reeves already had a track record of big-screen hits and an established fan base. However, his fame has dwindled in recent years, due largely to less successful movie roles.

The emergence of the “Sad Keanu” meme in

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MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki answers the internet’s burning questions, reacts to thirsty tweets

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“Korsnacki.” “Map Daddy.” “Chart-throb.” As it’s wont to do, the internet went a little wild last week for MSNBC anchor Steve Kornacki, whose tireless statistical analysis throughout Election Day and its aftermath landed him in the hearts of cable news junkies everywhere. #KornackiThirst became a bona fide phenomenon online, with even such celebrities as Chrissy Teigen and Leslie Jones getting in on the action — but don’t worry, it hasn’t gone to Kornacki’s head.

A new clip from NBC News Now, NBC’s streaming news channel, features anchor Savannah Sellers walking Kornacki through his new viral fame, to which he reacts with apparent abashment. Upon being informed that he’s been designated “Twitter’s boyfriend,” Kornacki replies with a laugh, “I’m not even sure what that means, but okay.” (He’s not sure what “Kornacki the snacki” means, either.) He also reacts to Teigen’s new phone background featuring

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The Internet’s Loving Jim Carrey’s Ace Ventura Reference On Saturday Night Live

Jim Carrey’s star may have faded from his heyday when the rubber-faced comedian was one of the most popular and bankable actors on the planet, but it was still a huge coup when Saturday Night Live secured his services to recur on the latest season as Joe Biden. Fans were initially very receptive to the idea, but opinion shifted dramatically once he eventually made his debut and his performance came under heavy criticism for being absolutely nothing like the politician, with Carrey instead opting to play an extension of his established screen persona, albeit one caked in old age makeup.

Of course, SNL is nowhere near the cultural touchstone that it once was, but it still manages to generate fervent debate on a weekly basis. However, now that Biden has been named as the President-elect depending on which side of the fence you fall on, Saturday Night Live fans have

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The Internet’s Calling For Amber Heard To Be Fired From Aquaman 2

Warner Bros. have sparked some major controversy with their decision to force Johnny Depp out of the role of Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3. The actor released a statement confirming he was stepping away from the part, but it was clear that the studio were going to fire him anyway even if he didn’t.

Fans had already taken the 57 year-old’s side after he lost his libel suit against a British tabloid, and there’s been huge backlash now that he’s found himself kicked out of a second franchise after also being dumped from Pirates of the Caribbean last year. Of course, the tricky thing about high profile domestic disputes playing out in public is that both parties can be simultaneously viewed as abusers and victims, and while the evidence released during the numerous court battles has painted neither of them in an overwhelmingly positive light, so far, at least,

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The Many, Many Lives Of Cody Ko, One Of The Internet’s Original Stars

Cody Ko has devoted a considerable amount of time lately to thinking about clichés—and wondering whether any of those truisms might be false. Things “like, ‘Nice guys finish last,’” he says, rattling off a couple more. “‘Don’t shit where you eat.’ ‘Play hard to get.’ ‘Opposites attract.’ ‘Fake it ‘till you make it.’”

After that last phrase, he pauses, having reached a conclusion on that one. He generally thinks it holds up. “I feel like I’ve been doing that my entire life: You have to be a little prepared, but other than that, just f—ing try. You know?”

If you don’t, you

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A Three-Branch GOP Press Against the Internet’s Favorite Law

Hi all, it’s Eric. It was a frantic week in the conservative assault against one of the tech industry’s most prized legal shields. 

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas started things off soberly when he wrote that courts had interpreted Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act in a way that gave technology platforms much broader legal protections than required by law. Section 230 indemnifies tech platforms from lawsuits holding them responsible for things their users say. Thomas argued that the protections insulate platforms from the consequences of their own decisions, and that paring back the immunity would “give plaintiffs a chance to raise their claims.” 

For months, President Donald Trump and other high-profile Republicans have held out the possibility of repealing Section 230 as a way to reel in Silicon Valley, which they charge is hostile to right-wing views. This week they got the chance to turn up the

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