If you happen to be mugged, or something similar and you run out of your laptop… You are likely to be upset about having to change machines, which is not cheap, but you will not worry about your private information, since everything is protected with passwords or even took the trouble to turn on disk encryption. Well… maybe things are not like that, especially if you have a Thunderbolt port.
Do you use Thunderbolt? So you need to take care of your PC!
The Thunderbolt port is super powerful, being able to offer speeds up to 40Gbps, device power capacity, and even the possibility to handle more than a 4K screen. All this because Intel Thunderbolt technology has more direct access to a PC's memory than any other input, such as the traditional and better known USB.
All good things, but it seems that security is now a very serious problem! After all, Microsoft decided not to implement the technology because it was a serious security risk.
In case you don't know, thanks to the Thunderclap vulnerability, it is possible to access all the PC's memory with a simple USB stick. In fact, in the past it was possible to disable Thunderbolt technology or deny access to unknown devices to try to escape the vulnerability … But a new attack made things even more complicated … Welcome Thunderspy.
Well, Thunderspy has the ability to bypass the login screen on any computer with Thunderbolt entries, running on both Windows and Linux, on any machine produced before 2019 (MacBooks are not affected). Interestingly, it even has the ability to bypass the encryption on your hard drive.
But calm down! As I said above, it takes physical access to the PC for the attack to go well.
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