When BIOS updates become malware attacks

The BIOS, which is the firmware that a computer runs during boot, has become an increasingly serious concern to security professionals. Today an attacker with administrative OS privileges can perform BIOS updates, or “flash,” the Basic Input/Output System over the Internet and install modified low-level firmware. What’s worse, researchers recently demonstrated that BIOS malware can attack multiple platforms and infect motherboards of many different manufacturers. BIOS-based malware has the potential to spread not only across various operating systems, but also through many different types of hardware– and these attacks are difficult, but not impossible, to detect and prevent. an attacker with administrative OS privileges can perform BIOS updates, or “flash,” the Basic Input/Output System over the Internet and install modified low-level firmware. What’s worse, researchers recently demonstrated that BIOS malware can attack multiple platforms and infect motherboards of many different manufacturers. BIOS-based malware has the potential to spread not only across various operating systems, but also through many different types of hardware– and these attacks are difficult, but not impossible, to detect and prevent.

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