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Dell EMC warns that hackers are increasingly trying to penetrate at hardware level. That’s what ITproportal writes in a report.

According to a study by Dell, in 2019 hackers invaded at least two-thirds of all organizations surveyed via a hardware vulnerability. Almost half of them were hit at least twice by an attack on a hardware leak.

The study involved large companies with five hundred or more employees. A total of 307 companies were investigated.

BIOS and firmware errors

Hackers often use software errors, attacks on web applications and other web-related leaks for these types of attacks.

Two-thirds of all companies are concerned that these hacks may have an effect on the supply chain of their hardware. Just over half of them also have a security plan for that supply chain.

These companies are concerned about vulnerabilities in the BIOS and firmware errors, among other things.

Dell EMC advises companies to validate chip manufacturers and the supply chain. Nearly half of all organisations say they want to do so in the near future.

If companies do not address this issue, Dell EMC warns of “data loss, revenue loss, and loss of competitive advantage.” A company can also lose consumer confidence due to a hardware hack.

Hardware hacks

The most imaginative hardware hack took place in 2018, when it turned out that the Chinese government had spy chips installed on the motherboards of the American Supermicro.

Dell EMC therefore warns that every point in the supply chain must be properly protected. However, in addition to these kinds of espionage practices, there are also more and more attacks on the BIOS, according to the research report. Criminals are aware that companies are becoming increasingly secure against normal hacking attacks and are therefore adjusting their strategies.

Such a BIOS attacks are developed to pierce the usual security. As a result, companies often need better firmware security.