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Scientists reveal malware that can attack specific processors

Posted on Saturday, November 13 2010 @ 10:25:42 CET by

Computer scientists revealed a new type of malware that can attack specific processors rather than the operating system that runs on them:
But Anthony Desnos and friends at the Ecole Superiore d'Informatique, Electronique, Automatique (ESIEA) in Paris say it ought to be possible to make malware much more insidious. Today, they show how to create malware that targets a specific processor rather than the operating system that runs on it. That kind of attack is much harder to protect against.

The first step in such an undertaking is to work out how to identify a processor, a task that is by no means straightforward but not impossible..
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