UEFI Malware discovered in Gigabyte and Asus H81 motherboard firmware

Researchers at cybersecurity company Kaspersky have discovered a new form of malware that resides in the motherboard’s UEFI. The malware is a form of rootkit that remains present even after the host hard drive or SSD is wiped or replaced.

The Kaspersky engineers (via Bleeping Computer (opens in new tab)) named it CosmicStrand (opens in new tab). It’s reported to be an evolution of an earlier malware called Spy Shadow Trojan which was discovered as far back as 2016. The researchers found the CosmicStrand malware in the firmware of Asus and Gigabyte motherboards. Don’t panic though! I’ll explain.

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