The “Evil Maid” Attack

November 13th, 2009

Computer SecuritySo you’ve protected your laptop by encrypting the hard drive. Are you safe? Not if you leave it in your hotel room where an “evil maid” can access it. All the maid has to do is boot the machine from an external drive (or even a CD), then overwrite your boot loader. This is yet another example of why physical security is so important.


One Response to “The “Evil Maid” Attack”

  1. [link]josh Says:

    Yep. Physical access=. PGP blog sums it up nicely: No security product on the market today can protect you if the underlying computer has been compromised by malware with root level administrative privileges.

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