Security researchers in Israel have discovered a new cyberattack technique they have dubbed "SATAn."
This is not the devil, nor is it the imagination of recently deceased Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky (who proclaimed a new messiah shortly before he died).
The new SATAn method is basically a way to steal information and data from over-the-air protected systems by using the SATA cable as a wireless antenna to transmit data and information from a PC to some device nearby. The SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) cable is the element that physically connects the motherboard with the storage devices. We will find this very easily if we open our PC tower and they served to improve the speed and data transmission capacity compared to the connectors that were used before. This type of hack arises from the need to steal highly protected data that belongs to systems or networks with aerial protection, which are isolated from any connection with the rest of the world (no Internet, no Bluetooth).
That is why another form of breach of security systems is necessary. Hacking them is very complicated, but SATAn is the answer. And it is that in this process everything is reduced to the manipulation of electromagnetic interference thanks to this cable. Israeli researchers clarify that this attack requires the prior installation of malicious software to complete the entire process. Perhaps this could be the most complex part since without this it is impossible to steal data through SATAn. Now, don't panic. Given the complexity of the attack, only those with a very broad level of knowledge in this sector could carry it out. Also, this is only done with this type of system that has a lot to hide. You haven't got that, but you should not let your guard down as fraud and theft has moved online quicker than most users.
Alvaro Gonzalez Cyber security expert for IFAC