Thunderbolt Flaw Puts Your Data At Risk

Thunderbolt Flaw Puts Your Data At Risk

A new computer exploit has reared its head, and this time it uses the Thunderbolt port designed by Intel. Dubbed Thunderspy by the media, the bug affects all computers – with Thuderbolt ports – manufactured before 2019 and some manufactured since. Using this flaw, an attacker can gain access to the entire contents of a computer’s hard drive, even if the device is locked and encrypted. In order to execute the attack, a hacker would need physical access to the Thunderbolt port. They’ll also need about $100 in hardware components which can be purchased from many electronics retailers. Unfortunately, Thunderspy cannot be patched. The flaw is physical and therefore requires a Thunderbolt redesign.

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