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Oh great: hackers are selling tools to hide malware in your GPU

Cybercriminals are hiding malware that can execute code from your GPUs memory buffer, without the PC detecting a single thing.

@anthony256
Published Tue, Aug 31 2021 8:42 PM CDT

If you thought your GPU was safe from malware then you'd be mistaken, according to a new report from Bleeding Computer, malware that can execute code from your GPU is now a reality.

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It seems that a proof-of-concept (PoC) was up for sale on a hacker forum and allows hackers to keep malicious code stored in your GPU memory buffer, which stops malware code from being scanned by security software when it scans the system RAM.

The seller of the GPU-focused malware says that it only works on Windows systems with support for version 2.0 and above of the OpenCL framework. This is required for executing the malware on the GPU, with the hacker testing it on Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA GPUs.

But is this GPU-focused malware in the wild? Yep.

On August 25 the seller said they sold the PoC without talking about the deal too much, just two weeks after posting about the PoC. Another member on the same hacker forum said that the GPU-based malware has worked before, with the Linux-based GPU rootkit called JellyFish... from 6 years ago.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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