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In the future, and possibly already hidden in existing weapons, clandestine additions to electronic circuitry could open secret back doors that would let the makers in when the users were depending on the technology to function. Hidden kill switches could be included to make it possible to disable computer-controlled military equipment from a distance. Such switches could be used by an adversary or as a safeguard if the technology fell into enemy hands.
A Trojan horse kill switch may already have been used. A 2007 Israeli Air Force attack on a suspected partly constructed Syrian nuclear reactor led to speculation about why the Syrian air defense system did not respond to the Israeli aircraft. Accounts of the event initially indicated that sophisticated jamming technology was used to blind the radars. Last December, however, a report in an American technical publication, IEEE Spectrum, cited a European industry source in raising the possibility that the Israelis might have used a built-in kill switch to shut down the radars.
Separately, an American semiconductor industry executive said in an interview that he had direct knowledge of the operation and that the technology for disabling the radars was supplied by Americans to the Israeli electronic intelligence agency, Unit 8200.
Originally posted by Amaterasu
This is why I'm a proponent of open source everything. Back doors are virtually impossible to build into such code.
Thanks for the story, though I am surely not surprised.
Originally posted by fraterormus
Anyone remember the Enigma Devices from WW2?
...The reason why U.S. Intelligence Agencies became so powerful is because they failed to mention to anyone that British MI6 and the U.S. Operative Services broke the Enigma code during WW2.
Originally posted by paraphi
Just to prevent the re-writing of history, the story of the breaking of the Nazi Enigma codes was a Polish and then British effort. I am not sure the US had much involvement in Bletchley Park which was decoding Enigma before the US joined the war.