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Windows 7: Hackers easily hijack Windows crash reports, report says

07 Jan 2014   #1
A Guy

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Hackers easily hijack Windows crash reports, report says

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Windows’ error- and crash-reporting system sends a wealth of data unencrypted and in the clear, information that eavesdropping hackers or state security agencies can use to refine and pinpoint their attacks, a researcher said.

Not coincidentally, recently the popular German newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) collects Windows crash reports from its global wiretaps to sniff out details of targeted PCs, including the installed software and operating systems, down to the version numbers and whether the programs or OSes have been patched; application and operating system crashes that signal vulnerabilities that could be exploited with malware; and even the devices and peripherals that have been plugged into the computers.
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07 Jan 2014   #2
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

"They" don't need to go to that much trouble. If you have the PCI Simple Comm Device enabled and the drivers loaded, your PC can be turned on and manipulated remotely. All PC motherboards made in the last five years or so and that run Windows have these turned on by default.
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07 Jan 2014   #3
synysterlulz

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Can't you just disable the service? Kinda sucks anyway.
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07 Jan 2014   #4
carwiz

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You have to disable the hardware or Windows will keep installing the drivers.
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07 Jan 2014   #5
synysterlulz

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Is this device necessary though? ->PCI Simple Comm Device
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07 Jan 2014   #6
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Nope. It's not used for anything else. It's part of "Management Information Technology". If your PC is part of an IT network, it may be required. Mine has been disabled since day 1.


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07 Jan 2014   #7
synysterlulz

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Well sweet I just disabled mine. Thanks a ton.
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07 Jan 2014   #8
A Guy

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Welcome to Seven Forums synysterlulz.

I gots no "other devices" Ken

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07 Jan 2014   #9
carwiz

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Welcome to Seven Forums synysterlulz.

I gots no "other devices" Ken

A Guy
If it's enabled, it may show up under Network Devices. Also, right click on the panel and select Show Hidden Devices. It's in there somewhere.
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08 Jan 2014   #10
A Guy

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Anywhere else?



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