Hardware attacks, backdoors and electronic component qualification

by Pierluigi Paganini
Oct. 7, 2017 0 comments INFOSEC Institute

The capillary diffusion of technology in our society has an important consequence. Hardware has to be properly analyzed during acquisition and qualification phases of the supply chain. We’re surrounded by electronic devices and appliances that in many cases perform critical functions in areas such as telecommunications, defense and health. Because of that, it’s crucial to validate electronic components they contain. Any one of those devices could be equipped with a software or hardware backdoor with serious repercussions. The presence of hardware backdoors in particular represents a nightmare for the security community.

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