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Submission + - Russian Hacker Identifies Possible Backdoor in BIOS Chips Manufactured in China (google.com)

Axure writes: A Russian hacker claims to have indentified a well hidden backdoor in BIOS chips on motherboards manufactured in China.

The original article is in Russian, the Google-translated version is a tough read, but you'll be able to make out enough to make your hair stand up on the back of your neck.

Comment wrong title! (Score 2) 112

There are four contractors named in the story: Amesys (of Bull SA, France), Narus (of Boeing, USA), VASTech SA (South Africa) and ZTE (China). How on Earth did you come up with the title "European firms ..." ?? I hate to say, but you confirm some ugly stereotypes about Americans' awareness of the world beyond their borders. (BTW, the WSJ story is a rare free one - no pay wall.)

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