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Submission + - Breakthrough silicon scanning discovers backdoor in military chip (cam.ac.uk) 2

Phrogman writes: UK officials are fearful that China has the capability to shut down businesses, military and critical infrastructure through cyber attacks and spy equipment embedded in computer and telecommunications equipment. A British researcher chose an American military chip that is highly secure with sophisticated encryption standard, manufactured in China, with the aim of seeing if there were any unexpected features on the chip. They discovered a previously unknown backdoor, with a key they extracted, that enabled the chip to be reprogrammed or disabled. The article does not provide specifics on the technology used or details on the backdoor itself.

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