Contributed by Joanne C. Kelleher
Per the New York Times, more than $3.5 billion of integrated circuits are bought annually for use in U.S. military gear. Only about 2 percent of these are manufactured in secure facilities run by American companies and the United States lacks the ability to fulfill the capacity requirements needed to manufacture computer chips for classified systems.
American intelligence agency experts say all sides are arming themselves with the ability to create hardware Trojan horses and to hide them deep inside the circuitry of computer hardware and electronic devices to facilitate military attacks.
So, using physical and cryptographic security methods in RFID tags and embedded systems may not be enough to protect your systems from hacks and attacks. You also need to trust who is manufacturing the components and integrated circuits.
Read the New York Times article by John Markoff (October 26, 2009) – Old Trick Threatens the Newest Weapons