When we think of cyber attacks, we often talk about impacting hacking situations like phishing emails, ransom emails and vulnerable software; firmware attacks are rarely mentioned.

For those that don’t know what firmware is, it is the permanent software that runs your device hardware which is stored into the read-only memory. It operates in the background, to protect your device against bugs and provides new updates which can enhance existing features.

How to recognise firmware attacks

Firmware attacks are on the rise and so it is important that businesses should recognise them when they occur. Hackers are cleverly using malware to stealthy attack firmware on motherboards which means that when the computer starts up, the unscrupulous code which has been planted is already running before any software like malware protection, starts up to recognise it as a foreign body.

Often firmware can be difficult to update, and patches are complicated, so companies don’t always prioritise it.  However, in not carrying out firmware update processes, data is cleverly extracted by hackers, passwords can be accessed, systems are damaged and computers can often be spied on.

The good news is that this type of cyber attack generally doesn’t target consumers. It is more of an issue for much larger corporate organisation who run the same firmware on several devices. It does mean that it is good practice to ensure that firmware on devices and networks is fully updated regularly.

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