If we thought that cyberattacks can only affect our computers to the software level, then here’s a something to give this thought a different perspective!
Uptil now, we witnessed cyberattacks going after the software components of targeted computers. But apparently, there is something scarier than this; something that can take down the hardware – the very physical components of targeted devices.
At a recent RSA conference, a new generation of cyberattack was brought under the spotlight. This attack can be deployed to burn down the internal components of a targeted machine, permanently damaging the data and disabling the machine itself. What was demonstrated at the conference was how a fake firmware update can be used to raise the machine’s temperature and disable the fans. The machine used in the demonstration was an Apple OS X.
If we talk about the present generation of malware such as CryptoLocker, data or systems affected by it can still be recovered or retrieved. But in cyberattacks that are capable of torching the entire hardware, the odds of any recovery are bleak.
As harmful as these kinds of cyberattacks are for individuals, they can be catastrophic for small and large enterprises.