Security backdoor found in China-made US military chip

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posted on May, 28 2012 @ 10:17 PM
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Security backdoor found in China-made US military chip


www.info rmation-age.com

Cambridge University researchers find that a microprocessor used by the US military but made in China contains secret remote access capability
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.

The unnamed chip, which the researchers claim is widely used in military and industrial applications, is "wide open to intellectual property theft, fraud and reverse engineering of the design to allow the introdu
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posted on May, 28 2012 @ 10:17 PM
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Crazy! They say the chip is widely used in military and industrial applications! Imagine what could happen if just say China got the gonads to try and invade and just before they do, they switch off all the micro-chips that have been sold to them from China! Disaster right?

How could the military miss something like this?! Wouldnt you want to test them? Hell, at least make them in the US or Canada or maybe even mexico.. but China?!
Thoughts?!

www.info rmation-age.com
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posted on May, 28 2012 @ 10:28 PM
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I believe it is the truth that the Chinese have done this.

If you had the opportunity to plant a way into military computers and whatnot of your enemy( or rival or whatever the heck China is to the US ), wouldn't you?

This isn't the first time this type of thing has happened either. If you have never seen this thread...

FBI Fears Chinese Hackers Have Back Door Into US Government & Military

do yourself a favour and read it. It is imo, one of the best pieces of investigation done on ATS.
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posted on May, 28 2012 @ 10:28 PM
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Seriously? The military buys top secret security chips from China?

smh

stability is not as profitable as insecurity.



posted on May, 28 2012 @ 10:29 PM
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Originally posted by Nspekta
The unnamed chip...



If people would stop being lazy and actually take the time to cite the original sources, this wouldnt happen.

Informationage.com cite THIS page.

And that page, a simple blog type update from the article author, links to the actual research paper which certainly indeed names the chip in question.


Actel/Microsemi ProASIC3 (PA3) A3P250
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posted on May, 28 2012 @ 10:30 PM
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Sounds like China watched Battlestar Galactica and took notes.

This would seem to be expected imo so I'm not surprised in the slightest.


b



posted on May, 28 2012 @ 10:36 PM
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the united states does the same thing when it sells f-16's all over the world.

if any of those countries tries to use american weapons against the u.s. they'll start dropping out of the sky like flies.



posted on May, 28 2012 @ 10:36 PM
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Sorry to annoy you, thank you for posting the extra sources



posted on May, 28 2012 @ 10:55 PM
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How do you think this happened?? Iran never even fired a shot at that thing. They just hacked it I'm sure using China's back door and landed the drone at their front door step. Look at it, there isn't a scratch on it...






posted on May, 28 2012 @ 11:15 PM
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Originally posted by Bspiracy
Sounds like China watched Battlestar Galactica and took notes.

This would seem to be expected imo so I'm not surprised in the slightest.


b



Which means neither are they. Why in any sane world would you have the chinese making computer components for our military? It beggars belief but then again this the US Govt and they did tell the world that they never could have imagined someone flying a plane into a building, so you are working with that...

CJ
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posted on May, 28 2012 @ 11:22 PM
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The French turned off all the Iraqi - purchased Exocet missiles during the first Gulf War, once they had joined the UN Coalition.



posted on May, 28 2012 @ 11:35 PM
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So 4 years on and the situation is still pretty much the same, the recent drone event in Iran was an interesting wake up call. Personally I am finding all these secrets are becoming too detrimental anyway as the vicious circles of lies have too many people chasing their tail instead of getting on with more productive endeavours. Personally I am glad that the US is no longer invincible as it not has been using its gifts in the most wisest of manners.

For example all this talk of war with China and they are the enemy is pure madness, both nations have enough nukes to exterminate life on this planet, wake up and shake hands or we are all dead.



posted on May, 28 2012 @ 11:37 PM
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This is just golden... how dumb can the US military be.



posted on May, 28 2012 @ 11:40 PM
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I personally believe that no matter what any country/group does to the USA. The US people will not stand for it. Just see what happens when another country steps on out land. Way to many of us are prior military and ready to defend our nation. pwned!



posted on May, 28 2012 @ 11:46 PM
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This is a classic example of the way the military industrial complex works.

Imagine ..... Ten years down the track ...... the USA has sold weapons to almost all of the middle east .... then remotely turns off the weapons and there you have it.

If I was a middle eastern country I would never buy from the USA.

This is the problem that the USA has created. They forced Iran to develop her own weapon manufacturing sector. Now these cannot be turned off!

P



posted on May, 28 2012 @ 11:47 PM
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The first two posts in that other thread are hilarious.


Originally posted by Crakeur

Originally posted by Nemiro
I do not see why the US gov cannot manufacture it's own routers/systems.
Surely this would remove the problem? Or at least order directly from assembly plants (in the US, preferably monitored), thereby cutting out any suspicious links in the chain?


because that would be cost efficient and secure and we all know that the US gov't is neither cost efficient nor secure.



posted on May, 28 2012 @ 11:47 PM
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It's not the fault of the military.

It''s the fault of the procurement office (civilian). They go by costs and bids. (Usually done for political favours) they pick a contractor that can provide the cheapest cost for the chips, and they don't care where the chips come from.

The contract agency then goes to a supplier and says, "We need n-amount of chips".

The supplier goes to the cheapest manufacturer (China) and orders the chips.

China, says, "Bazinga!" and creates the chips with the back door.

QED



posted on May, 29 2012 @ 12:15 AM
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Iran did not hack the RQ-170. It has been established many times.

And there was very visible damage to the bottom of the aircraft, and the wings have been torn off. Don't know where you got that there were no scratches.



posted on May, 29 2012 @ 01:17 AM
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Cambridge University researchers find that a microprocessor used by the US military but made in China contains secret remote access capability


Buying chips in China is what happens when you gut the military,and make them cut costs what people fail to see this is a problem of our own making.

The MIC is a myth because the nations security has been outsourced to other parts of the world,and made there instead of being made here.,

This is totally ridiculous, and an act of treason.
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posted on May, 29 2012 @ 01:29 AM
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If our military is stupid enough to purchase anything like a manufactured microchip from a communist country like China, then they deserve what they get... (Except civilians would end up paying the price in more ways than one).

I didn't realize our military was this stupid... Usually they would always manufacture things like this only in the USA under close watch and guard by company security and sometimes military observers.

But then, Clinton gave away a few missile guidance secrets to them, so it is a sure bet the whole pond was polluted with this kind of corruption for some time now.. Like sharing unclean needles ....
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