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Originally posted by beezzer
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.
Originally posted by Hellhound604
The JTAG port they found that contains vulnerabilities, is an engineering/testing port. It cannot be used to hijack equipment making use of the specific series of chips.
Which is also known and several countries place tougher requirements for military procurement related to US. Its nothing new.
Originally posted by bjarneorn
The US is the biggest manufacturer of weapons ... it sells its weapons to about every country in the world. It would make perfect sense for the US to have a backdoor into the systems, so they can take over any system their enemy has, that is made by them.