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Virtualization has a scary, dark side!

At the security industry's big annual confab, the RSA Conference, going on this week in San Francisco, security researcher Joanna Rutkowska described a new type of virtualization-based malware that could be used to take control of a machine running virtualization software. Because virtualization allows companies to store many virtualized software "images" of computers on a single physical machine, an attack like the one Rutkowska envisions would allow a hacker not only to control a single machine but to siphon data from any virtual machine it contains.

Rutkowska, the founder of security research firm Invisible Things Lab, in Warsaw, Poland, isn't the first to target virtualization as a weak point in the emerging IT landscape. Over the past year, security researchers have revealed bugs in practically every piece of virtualization software, including products from virtualization heavyweights VMware (nyse: VMW - news - people ) and Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ).

Hack is coming, hack is coming, hack is coming...

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  1. Oh, come on Tarry, I wouldn't be losing much sleep at this point. Some good background on blue pill: Blue Pill detection in two easy steps and Debunking the blue pill myth


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