BLOG
US NAVY BOUGHT FAKE CHINESE MICROCHIPS THAT COULD BE REMOTELY SHUT DOWN

Posted in Blog Archive

Posted by abeodbart June 28, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Last year, the U.S. Navy bought 59,000 microchips for use in everything from missiles to transponders and all of them turned out to be counterfeits from China.¬†Wired reports the chips weren’t only low-quality fakes, they had been made with a “back-door” and could have been remotely shut down at any time.

If left undiscovered the result could have rendered useless U.S. missiles and killed the signal from aircraft that tells everyone whether it’s friend or foe.¬†Apparently foreign chip makers are often better at making cheap microchips and U.S. defense contractors are loathe to pass up the better deal.

The problem remains with these “trojan-horse” circuits that can be built into the chip and are almost impossible to detect — especially without the original plans to compare them to.

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) is now looking for ways to check the chips to make sure they haven’t been hacked in the production process.

Full story at Business Insider

 

COMMENTS
June 28, 2011 at 9:57 pm
Mark says:

Even the military can’t find reputable sources in China.


June 28, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Read the original Wired story and you’ll see Business Insider have misunderstood. There’s no evidence they’ve *actually been sold* chips you can remotely shut down – they’re just investigating how to be more confident they can prevent such a thing from happening in future.

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/06/chips-oy-spies-want-to-hack-proof-circuits/


June 28, 2011 at 11:00 pm
Simon says:

I think my laptop has one of those circuits in it; it keeps shutting down whenever it fancies too.


June 29, 2011 at 2:31 am
Codifier says:

I heard about counterfeit Cisco equipment making its way into government agencies some time ago:
http://blogs.cisco.com/news/cisco_statement_on_counterfeit_goods/

How cool is that if you want to spy on people? Just sell them the surveillance equipment and they’ll install it for you!


June 29, 2011 at 9:34 pm
Aron says:

Hasn’t China been building their military and Navy up? WWIII?


June 30, 2011 at 1:15 pm
alan says:

“The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) is now looking for ways to check the chips”
Just tell the makers, that you have accidentally launched a tomahawk directed straight at them? Or alternatively, request that their engineers submit to interview under MRI scan.


July 2, 2011 at 6:59 pm
Vernon says:

We should we be surprised? Isn’t this the ultimate result of globalisation?


July 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm
Raymond says:

Cheap nock-offs sure but remote shutdown in ICs, naah hardly the case. It would require an enormous transmitter because receivers on chips without proper antennas often encased in metal cases do not do a great job receiving signals.
The cheap nock-offs and counterfeit hardware is a huge problem though. Just the other week a hacker challenge was one by rigging a wireless logitech mouse and sending it as a gift to the targeted company and the trojan was loaded into the servers and opened the ‘gates’.

As a government or financial institution you will need to thoroughly track the sources of your hardware perhaps again create military grade hardware that has been tracked from A-Z and has extreme specs.


STORE

New and exclusive items



FEATURED Infamous Brochure

Infamous Brochure
FIND OUT MORE
FIND OUT MORE
RECENT
COMMENTS
Grace
I came to see the Infamous tour in Southampton (April 11). Derren is my biggest hero, and I found myself incredibly lucky enough to be up on stage with him. Derren was as genuine and charming as I'd always hoped (which proved a contrast to my nervous and shaky demeanour). He is a brilliant showman and an all-round pleasure to watch. The show was sensationally mind-blowing - I'll be sure that I never miss another. Thank you Derren, for everything that you do. Sorry I was so shaky! Grace
Kay le poidevin
Really looking forward to tonight in Southaampton, bought tickets for husband, Terry's birthday. It's not today, it was in February.)
Sandra B. Myers
Derren Brown, For my daughter's birthday gift in November of 2013, I gave her a ticket to your show. For Christmas, I gave her a round trip ticket to London from Pensacola, Florida, our home. On my birthday, I flew from the Middle East, where I'm teaching English, to join her. On the 25th of March, you gave us your best. It was the highlight of our First English Spring Tour. No matter how far apart we are in the world or mindset, we both agree...we have no idea how you do it! And we like it that way.
Hannah A
I saw Derren at Leeds on 25th and I am still - 4 days on - utterly blown away by his incredible talent and incredible show! I have never ever had the pleasure of seeing him live before, but I will never miss an opportunity again. Someone as talented as Derren Brown is a MUST SEE. He's mesmerising, spellbinding, inspiring, jaw droppingly amazing. This experience is something I will take away with me forever and a day! Thank you SO much for bringing this show to Leeds! But goin forward, if travel roun te country to see you - you are THAT good :)