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Microsoft Confirms Serious New Security Problem For Windows 10 Users
Microsoft has now joined Intel in confirming a newly reported security vulnerability with Thunderbolt ports, one that enables an attacker with physical access to a PC to modify the port’s controller firmware, disabling its security. As I reported last week, almost all Windows PCs with Thunderbolt ports are vulnerable, except a few from last year that shipped with Kernel DMA protection enabled.
This new security threat has been dubbed “Thunderspy” by Björn
Ruytenberg, the Eindhoven University of Technology researcher who
discovered and disclosed it. Ruytenberg warns
that despite locking or suspending a PC, setting up a Secure Boot and
strong system passwords, and enabling disk encryption, “all an attacker
needs is five minutes alone with the computer” to compromise a machine.
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