BIOS Malware that can remotely destroy any computer, NSA claimed
BIOS Malware that can remotely destroy any computer, NSA claimed: During a CBS Interview show “60 Minutes”, The National Security Agency (NSA) officials claimed that China has developed a BIOS based malware that can remotely destroy any computer.
Obviously NSA is struggling to repair its image and in an effort to justify their extensive Surveillance programs, The NSA Director General Keith Alexander and Information Assurance Director Debora Plunkett made a number of claims.
During that interview NSA officials said that they had foiled a malware attack that could have taken down the U.S. economy.
“One of our analysts actually saw that the nation state had the intention to develop and to deliver, to actually use this capability to destroy computers,” Plunkett said.
They have mentioned that this malware was distributed via social engineering and targeted emails, although the NSA director mentioned that their researchers worked with computer manufacturers and able to close the respective vulnerability.
“This is the BIOS system which starts most computers. The attack would have been disguised as a request for a software update. If the user agreed, the virus would’ve infected the computer.” he added.