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Physically Destroying a Machine Remotely... Possible?

By bolatium ·
A friend and I were discussing that in some newer P.C.'s, that you can upgrade your bios from Windows, without any special hardware. We also discussed over-clocking. I came up with this idea, and it's kind of out there but it is scary. What if someone intending to do harm found your bios model and version, modified it so that it would send a much higher voltage to your CPU or another component? Could they write a program or modify a previous one to flash the new "Evil Bios" to the CMOS? Could they set the voltage high enough to destroy a component before the machine shuts down automatically? And finally, could they write the program into a virus to replicate this program, and also send it to other machines. This is not very likely to happen... But what if it did?

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Yes it's possible to do

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Physically Destroying a M ...

But highly unlikely and there are much easier ways of doing something nasty as well just hack the machine copy over Kiddy Porn to it and then report the user to the Authorities.

While that evidence shouldn't be accepted by any court apparently it has been in the past so it can be in the future as well.

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Maybe, but...

by toms45 In reply to Physically Destroying a M ...

if your PC is behind a hardware firewall with the default admin password changed from the factory setting, it's very highly improbable.

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