Thursday, August 06, 2015

"Bitflipping" attacks on memory chips; are "telepathy" attacks next?

An article by Dan Goodin in Ars Technica  Aug. 4, 2015, describes an unusual hardware attack called “bitflipping.” The idea is to overload memory chips (in DDR3 chip modules) by deliberately attacking memory millions of times a second.  This kind of attack might be possible with usual malware distribution (by phishing or drive-by sites).  You could almost imagine this in a sci-fi context as a “telepathy attack”. Maybe Clive Barker was right about the role of magic when he wrote "Imajica" all the way back in 1991. 
You wonder about the wisdom of allowing modules to run with voice commands, maybe even thoughts. 

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