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Default Cold-Boot Attack Steals Passwords In Under Two Minutes

Reports from Bleeping Computing and The Register:

Cold-Boot Attack Steals Passwords In Under Two Minutes
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Relying on computer memory's remanence behavior, security researchers figured out a way to extract sensitive data from RAM, such as encryption keys, even after the loss of power.

The attack subscribes to the cold-boot category and exploits a weakness in how the computers protect the low-level software responsible for interacting with the RAM.
You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it The Register
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Hardware hackers bring cold boot attacks out of the deep freeze

Video If you can steal someone's laptop, leave it switched on in sleep mode, crack it open, hook up some electronics to alter settings in the BIOS firmware, restart it, and boot into a custom program... you can swipe crypto keys and other secrets from the system.
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