Read-only is a designation for any object or construct which can no longer be altered after creation, it can only be read. This can refer to both hardware and software constructs such as read-only memory chips like BIOS and CMOS and CD/DVD/Blu-ray-ROMs for hardware, and read-only files for software constructs. In either case the contents of the...
A high-energy radio frequency weapon (HERF) is a directed-energy weapon used to disrupt digital equipment, such as computers. HERF works by blasting high-intensity radio waves at electronics, disrupting their operation.
A HERF is slso known as a HERF gun.
A HERF blast is a highly concentrated blast of electromagnetic radiation that can completely erase a hard disk, crash the PC or even fuse the silicon barriers on the chips, rendering the computer useless. However, in most cases, a HERF gun does not permanently damage a computer.
The majority of electrical appliances are at risk of this type of attack, although most electronic equipment in airplanes and other military vehicles is resistant to it.
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