Motherboard chips latest target for rootkit hackers

Well, it would appear that the rootkit threat is not going away. What will be interesting is to see how the motherboard manufacturers respond…

The flash ROMs on motherboards could become the latest front in the war on viruses and hackers within a month, according to new research presented at this year’s Black Hat Federal computer security conference in Washington DC.

John Heasman, principal security consultant at UK-based NGS Consulting, claims the high-level language used by the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI), a collection of power-management functions present in almost all recent motherboards, could be used to write malware to hide a rootkit in the flash memory used by the BIOS. [Read the rest]

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