“Researchers have claimed that ‘chip-level threats’ pose a potential problem for Intel-powered Mac systems. A chip-level attack targets a feature or vulnerability in the processor rather than attacking software as is the case with nearly all today’s security threats,” Tom Sanders reports for vnunet.com. “Examples of chip-level attacks are rare. The last known serious outbreak dates back to 1998, when the CIH/Chernobyl virus embedded itself into the flash-BIOS of infected systems.”
“Security vendor McAfee said in a recent white paper about security challenges for Apple systems that chip-level threats are a potential problem now that Apple has switched to Intel chips. But the firm admitted that there are no examples of such attacks,” Sanders reports. “The cautionary white paper was published on the same day that McAfee launched a version of its security software for Intel-based systems.”
“Despite the fact that Apple computers and traditional PCs run on Intel chips the features of those chips tend to change frequently, so there is no guarantee that an attack that works on one Intel Mac will succeed in targeting another,” Sanders reports.
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