Discover the definition of the term Evil Maid Attack presented by Les Assises de la Cybersécurité.


This attack, popularised in 2009 by researcher Joanna Rutkowska, involves physically accessing a machine with an encrypted hard drive (usually a laptop) in order to replace the original BIOS with a booby-trapped version. The booby-trapped version is then able to steal the password needed to access the data the next time the machine is booted. The reference to the "chambermaid" is due to the fact that this type of physical attack is particularly easy to carry out in a hotel room, where travellers often leave their computers unprotected and cleaning staff can access them easily.

f your employer has booked you a room at the Auberge Rouge, then this definition of a malicious maid attack will not apply. But that will probably be the least of your worries at this stage...

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