I don’t know if you have heard you prob have of the new wake of vulnerability with fire wire. It where a hacker can gain access to the memory in your comp and use it to recover passwords to decrypt data or gain access to machines.
I know this requires physical access but if you think about it most it companies have cleaners who work out of office hours and could easily gain access to all systems with the right know how.
People say oh its an easy solution disable your firewire but in theory there is nothing to stop someone inserting a PCMCIA Firewire card into any laptop, Compaq or otherwise, and therefore Firewire enabling that laptop. Also it appears you can get USB-Firewire cables - does this mean you can plug Firewire into any USB port on any workstation or server, and will this attack then still work?