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The hack deep into your computer nearly anyone can do

The hack deep into your computer nearly anyone can do
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The Basic Input/Output System, or BIOS, is an essential part of your computer and it's at risk. BIOS software allows your computer to accomplish basic, necessary functions like booting your computer or configuring your hard drive, but hackers with little or no skills can break into it in only a few minutes.

LegbaCore researchers Xeno Kopvah and Corey Kallenberg made a presentation on the topic at the CanSecWest conference, and showed how BIOS on popular computers like Gigabyte, Acer, MSI, HP and Asus are vulnerable to an attack using an implant called LightEater.

The LightEater attack would take an unskilled attacker such as a maid or border guard two minutes of physical access to a target laptop.

Just about anyone can use the implant to access depths of your computer to install malware and other nasty stuff. By hacking into your computer's BIOS, cybercriminals can avoid detection by anti-virus and security software.

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