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A microchip used by the US military and manufactured in China contains a secret "backdoor" that means it can be shut off or reprogrammed without the user knowing, according to researchers at Cambridge University's Computing Laboratory.
UPDATE: However, one security consultancy has said that the implication that the backdoor might have been secretly inserted by the Chinese manufacturer is "bogus", and that malicious intent is unlikely.
However, Robert Graham, of US security consultancy Errata Security, wrote yesterday that the backdoor is unlikely to have been added maliciously. He claims that the entry route discovered by Skorobogotov is likely to be a debugging tool deliberately installed by the manufacturer.
originally posted by: quatro
I worked for Lockheed for four years (software engineer). We weren't writing the most cutting edge software, but there were very few talented engineers that I came across at that company. I went to Amazon after that and basically started my career from scratch because I learned very little at Lockheed about how to actually be a software engineer. I had four years "experience", but people at Amazon with one year experience knew a lot more than me. I look back at my code at Lockheed and realize how #ing terrible it was, and that there was no one on my team who was able to mentor me or give me actual design guidance in code reviews.