0wning Vista from the boot

I'm not usually one to post general PC security news, but this article caught my eye.  Might this be the only way a Windows user can have full control over THEIR PC?  Of course, this could obviously be used for "evil", but it does raise some interesting possibilities.

The Register

Federico Biancuzzi interviews Nitin and Vipin Kumar, authors of VBootkit, a rootkit that is able to load from Windows Vista boot-sectors. They discuss the "features" of their code, the support of the various versions of Vista, the possibility to place it inside the BIOS (it needs around 1,500 bytes), and the chance to use it to bypass Vista's product activation or avoid DRM.