Intel Macs vulnerable to 'chip level' threats

Monday, 22 May 2006, 11:54 AM EST

Researchers have claimed that "chip-level threats" pose a potential vulnerability for Intel-powered Mac systems. A chip-level attack targets a feature or vulnerability in a chip instead of attacking software as is the case with nearly all of today's security threats.

Examples of chip-level attacks are rare. The last known serious outbreak dates back to 1998, when the CIH/Chernobyl virus embeded itself into the flash-BIOS of infected systems.

At vnunet.

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