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07-09-2011, 08:18 AM
DHS: Imported Consumer Tech Contains Hidden Hacker Attack Tools

A top Department of Homeland Security official has admitted to Congress that imported software and hardware components are being purposely spiked with security-compromising attack tools by unknown foreign parties.

I don't trust the DHS, but this is concerning even if partially true.
I have long been distrustful of "Trusted Computing", and an advocate of Open Source.

This needs more eyes on it and more investigation.
Posted for just that reason.

07-09-2011, 08:28 AM
Now if only we could get the DHS to admit that they're also being spiked with security-compromising attack tools by known domestic agencies...

07-09-2011, 08:33 AM
Schaffer was testifying before committee to discuss a White House policy proposal that offer incentives for private companies to share information with the federal government. The proposal also calls for modifying the Federal Information Security Management Act. Other witnesses included Associate Deputy Attorney General James A. Baker, DoD Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy Robert J. Butler, and Senior Internet Policy Advisor to the National Institute of Standards and Technology Ari Schwartz.

Supply chain security is a growing worry for both the federal government and business. According to White House documents, the executive branch is actively studying the risk of nation-states purposely installing sleeper, one-use attack tools in software and hardware components marketed in the U.S.

Yea. Someday soon our overlords will clamp down on the Internet and we'll all finally be safe. :rolleyes:

07-09-2011, 08:50 AM
Added Consideration.


07-09-2011, 09:04 AM
computers = not for sensitive info