New attack infects Macs in seconds, even without internet

Mac by Luis Llerena
Apple computers have always been touted as more secure than other PCs because their firmware couldn’t be penetrated. Unfortunately, that’s no longer true, as a newly created self-replicating worm has shown. Wired reports that security researchers Xeno Kovah and Trammell Hudson demonstrated a proof-of-concept worm they’re calling Thunderstrike 2, that’s capable of infecting the BIOS of a Mac and can’t be removed by flashing the operating system or even replacing its hard drive. Even scarier, the attack can spread across Macs without a network connection. By installing itself in the ‘option ROM’ on peripheral devices that you can plug into your Mac,…

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