Newfangled rootkits survive hard disk wiping

While security researchers have been looking into the possibility of using the BIOS to create a permanently infected machine for some years, the Core Security team is reported to have devised a technique that would work on "virtually all types of systems."
Because the infection lives in the computer's BIOS, or basic input/output system, it persists even after the operating system is reinstalled or a computer's hard drive is replaced.
Src: Newfangled rootkits survive hard disk wiping | The Register

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