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A Virus in Your BIOS Keeps the US Department of Defense Awake

December 10, 2013 | 14:37
A Virus in Your BIOS Keeps the US Department of Defense Awake
A Virus in Your BIOS Keeps the US Department of Defense Awake

Rakshasa is malware buried deep inside the firmware of an Intel motherboard granting backdoor access to any outside party who knows what to look for. Rakshasa can replace the original boot firmware at time of manufacturing and is extremely difficult to detect. You could be buying a computer -or any hardware for that matter- with a backdoor already installed.

 

Developed by security expert Jonathan Brossard the Rakshasa code was demonstrated at the Black Hat convention in Las Vegas last July in order to raise awareness about the dangers of closed source firmware. He succeeded and now some people at the US Department of Defense lie awake at night...

 

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