A Harry Potter spell can be used to hack your Mac


Harry Potter

Inside any Mac, the one I use, your teacher's Mac or even the beautiful neighbor's Mac next to you, there is a small chip called the SMC (system management controller). If you have ever had problems with the performance of your Mac or had problems with its power supply, most will tell you to reset this chip.

For most of us, the security of our Mac SMC is something we should not be particularly concerned about unless you are so important and there is valuable information on your machine to move a group of very good and experienced hackers from another country against you.

But here is the joke of the case. So let's say hypothetically that China wanted to hack your Mac SMC chip .... How do you imagine it would start?

According to Dan Goodin of Ars Technica, to access the hidden settings of the SMC you must enter the word "SpecialisRevelio." If you are a fan of the JK Rowling Harry Potter book series or have seen the movies you will recognize this word as it is the name of a well-known spell used by the characters to reveal hidden objects such as amulets.

But don't worry, if you ever get such an attack on your Mac then do not hesitate to start shouting "Expelliarmus!" at the start to stop the attack.

Dimitrios Georgoulas @ GreekAppleNews

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