Security backdoor found in China-made US military chip

gleet

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I'm sure Kirk will say this is some kind of "conspiracy."

Security backdoor found in China-made US military chip

US military chip vulnerable to "IP theft, fraud and Trojans", researchers find

28 May 2012
Cambridge University researchers find that a microprocessor used by the US military but made in China contains secret remote access capability

A microchip used by the US military and manufactured in China contains a secret "backdoor" that means it can be shut off or reprogrammed without the user knowing, according to researchers at Cambridge University's Computing Laboratory.

The unnamed chip, which the researchers claim is widely used in military and industrial applications, is "wide open to intellectual property theft, fraud and reverse engineering of the design to allow the introduction of a backdoor or Trojan", they said.

The discovery was made during testing of a new technique to extract the encryption key from chips, developed by Cambridge spin-off Quo Vadis Labs.

The "bug" is in the actual chip itself, rather than the firmware installed on the devices that use it. This means there is no way to fix it than to replace the chip altogether.

"The discovery of a backdoor in a military grade chip raises some serious questions about hardware assurance in the semiconductor industry," wrote Cambridge University researcher Sergei Skorobogatov and Quo Vadis Labs research Christopher Woods in a draft paper.
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"It also raises some searching questions about the integrity of manufacturers making claims about [the] security of their products without independent testing."
http://www.information-age.com/chan...oor-found-in-chinamade-us-military-chip.thtml
 

KRSOne

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Nahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh the Chinese would never do that. More proof that the commies are here.
 

MayrMeninoCrash

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Awesome that we are outsourcing our tech to our enemies. No way this will bite us in the ass down the road.

 

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Nahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh the Chinese would never do that. More proof that the commies are here.
Just when I think I've had it with Kirk and want to kick him in the balls with a steel toed boot, he states a good fact......and I only want to kick him in the balls with my wife's fuzzy bunny slippers.
 

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[video=youtube;mNiiBrEHBWA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNiiBrEHBWA&feature=youtube_gdata_player[/video]
 

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Just when I think I've had it with Kirk and want to kick him in the balls with a steel toed boot, he states a good fact......and I only want to kick him in the balls with my wife's fuzzy bunny slippers.
You mean your fuzzy bunny slippers. :action-sm
 

Norm Stansfield

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First off, China isn't really Communist. Not in the sense comrade Lenin used the word. The word "Communist" they are using to describe themselves means something entirely different. It's not longer a reference to the political means to achieve socialism, it's just a word used to describe countries which opted for a single party, mildly totalitarian (instead of democratic) transition out of socialism and into a western style, mixed economy.

So, if communism is coming, it ain't coming from China.

And yeah, the US military really shouldn't get their tech from hostile nations.
 

The Godfather

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Speaking of Cyberwarfare... Think about what kind of crazy ''Stuxnet'' viruses are in development right now around the world.

Stuxnet was programmed in 2008 and released in 2009. Think of the crazy shit they are working on today.
 

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Speaking of Cyberwarfare... Think about what kind of crazy ''Stuxnet'' viruses are in development right now around the world.

Stuxnet was programmed in 2008 and released in 2009. Think of the crazy shit they are working on today.
I'm not asking, but that sounds like a Dickfer issue.
 

Norm Stansfield

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Speaking of Cyberwarfare... Think about what kind of crazy ''Stuxnet'' viruses are in development right now around the world.

Stuxnet was programmed in 2008 and released in 2009. Think of the crazy shit they are working on today.
Google Worm.Win32.Flame. It's Stuxnet on steroids, and they just found it. (apparently it's either US or Israeli built, and is only targeting specific computers in Iran and its allies)
 

lajikal

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Google Worm.Win32.Flame. It's Stuxnet on steroids, and they just found it. (apparently it's either US or Israeli built, and is only targeting specific computers in Iran and its allies)
Umm thats 2 week old shit right?
 

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I cant believe that Kirk is taking the "what is this we" bit from Beerbelly.

Also I hope no one ever finds my secret backdoor.
 

CougarHunter

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Harry Fontana: "Quo Vadis"?
Ray: That's Italian. It means "We kick ass."
 

The Godfather

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Look at this 4chan conspiracy... pretty cool stuff