Researcher creates proof-of-concept malware that infects BIOS, network cards

Posted by albinard on Jul 30, 2012 11:02 PM EDT
Computerworld; By Lucian Constantin
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Security researcher Jonathan Brossard created a proof-of-concept hardware backdoor called Rakshasa that replaces a computer's BIOS (Basic Input Output System) and can compromise the operating system at boot time without leaving traces on the hard drive. Brossard, who is CEO and security research engineer at French security company Toucan System, demonstrated how the malware works at the Defcon hacker conference on Saturday, after also presenting it at the Black Hat security conference on Thursday.

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