On Feb 14, 11:49 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
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I looked for the actual event and here's what I found. It
was last year at Aramco. Here is one report on it:
"More than 30,000 computers that it infected (at ARAMCO) were
rendered useless, and had to be replaced," he (Leon Panetta) said.
That's the story line that I heard reported at the time on
probably CBS news too.
However if you google for it now, there are a lot of hits on other
subequent reports that seem to say that the virus destroyed data,
hard drive partitions, etc. in the more normal fashion, ie not so
that the eqpt has to be replaced. I think that this looks more like
a case of Panetta mistating the facts:
A disparity between Panetta's statement that "more than 30,000
computers that it infected were rendered useless and had to be
replaced," which "virtually destroyed 30,000 computers" is Aramco's
official response, which said that "the virus affected about 30,000
workstations. The workstations have since been cleaned and restored to
But is it possible to overwrite the bios and not have enough
boot code there that would allow the PC to be reloaded? Not sure.
Certainly there have been PCs that were bricked doing bios updates.
But then some, as Oren just posted, apparently have more than
one bios. But then could a virus whack both of them? Who knows...
At the end of the day, you would think there would be one section
with the most basic intelligence in the flash chip so that part
can get the machine up again to reload a full bios. And that most
critical part would be in a part of the chip that can only be
programmed by applying a voltage to a pin that the computer
cannot do itself. Flash chips with that feature existed as long ago
90s. But what each and every PC manufacturer does is
obviously up to them....
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