badBIOS - The next gen malware that jumps airgaps ?

Very very strange stuff.http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/10/meet-badbios-the-mysterious-mac-and-pc-malware-that-jumps-airgaps/

Three years ago, security consultant Dragos Ruiu was in his lab when he noticed something highly unusual: his MacBook Air, on which he had just installed a fresh copy of OS X, spontaneously updated the firmware that helps it boot. Stranger still, when Ruiu then tried to boot the machine off a CD ROM, it refused. He also found that the machine could delete data and undo configuration changes with no prompting. He didn’t know it then, but that odd firmware update would become a high-stakes malware mystery that would consume most of his waking hours.
In the following months, Ruiu observed more odd phenomena that seemed straight out of a science-fiction thriller. A computer running the Open BSD operating system also began to modify its settings and delete its data without explanation or prompting. His network transmitted data specific to the Internet’s next-generation IPv6 networking protocol, even from computers that were supposed to have IPv6 completely disabled. Strangest of all was the ability of infected machines to transmit small amounts of network data with other infected machines even when their power cords and Ethernet cables were unplugged and their Wi-Fi and Bluetooth cards were removed. Further investigation soon showed that the list of affected operating systems also included multiple variants of Windows and Linux.

The counter View
The badBIOS Analysis Is Wrong.
http://www.rootwyrm.com/2013/11/the-badbios-analysis-is-wrong/

Well, this is fascinating at the very least, I’m personally going to follow this

Woot ? Dis haffen free years ago and jest now we finds out ? Shocking ! Someone is goona git fired nows.

Theoretically, the technology that we have today would indeed allow code with malicious intent to jump from an infected device over the air to another gadget or PC (if one of the gadgets sending signals is infected).

We already know that viruses can travel over local area networks to infect everything in a house or office, the new thing which could allow for even more passive ways to infect new devices is technology like near-field communication (where all of the objects in a cloud or web created by this technology could become infected.)