Soldering spy chips inside firewalls is now a cheap hack, shows researcher

    Date14 Oct 2019
    CategoryFirewalls
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    Posted ByBrittany Day
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    The tiny ATtiny85 chip doesn’t look like the next big cyberthreat facing the world, but sneaking one on to a firewall motherboard would be bad news for security were it to happen. Learn more in an interesting Naked Security article: 

    In fact, this has already happened as part of a project by researcher Monta Elkins, designed to prove that this sort of high-end hardware hack is no longer the preserve of nation-states.

    Elkins soldered the 5mm x 5mm ATtiny85 chip from an Arduino board to his test firewall’s circuit board just in front of the system’s serial port.

     

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