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Navy’s Chinese chips not only fake, but possibly trojaned as well?

[…] the chips weren’t only low-quality fakes, they had been made with a “back-door” and could have been remotely shut down at any time. […]
Read the rest @ BI

Given the propensity to get things wrong in favor of sensationalism when it comes to technical articles in the news, this perhaps should be taken with a grain of salt. Especially since the evolution of the story online looks something like this (emphasis mine):

  • 3 days ago on Wired: “the chips could have been hacked,”
  • reprinted on ars: “the chips could have been hacked,”
  • intentionally? misquoted by BI: “they had been made with a “back-door” and could have been remotely shut down at any time.”
  • There’s a big leap from “could have been hacked” to “made with a back-door”. Various news outlets have since picked up the story, each quoting their own preferred source, but the exaggerated quote seems to be sticking.

    Come on BI, you can do better.

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    Written by Peter

    June 28, 2011 at 1322

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