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Comment Re:Aren't you already screwed? (Score 1) 227

Of course.

But in this case, the attacker could be the person that sold you the CPU. Even though you formatted the hard disk and installed the OS yourself, your system will still be vulnerable.

This type of attack can be theoretically made using a modified BIOS, but even that won't survive a casual BIOS update. Infecting the CPU is much harder to detect.

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