A major bug in the Thunderbolt ports used in computers allows a hacker access to the protected files they store, security researchers say.
The bug would allow a hacker to access the contents of a laptop within minutes, they say.
To use the hack, an attacker would need physical access to the device. But that device could be locked, encrypted and secured with a password, and a hacker would still be able to read what was contained on it, according to the Eindhoven University of Technology researchers who discovered the bug.
The researchers caution that the attack is stealthy, meaning that people affected by the bug would not even be able to find any trace of it. A computer’s owner does not need ton do anything to be hit by it and it can get around even sophisticated security protections.
Called “Thunderspy”, the attack takes advantage of a problem in
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