Sleep Tight

Headline news to have no concern over:

The FBI stole access to a pile of servers that were running the most secure kind of communications software between private parties, and they gave the users web pages that attempted to identify the users.  And they’re trying to arrest the guy that owns the servers.

New York City has EZ-Pass automatic toll payment like every other big city.  And unlike any other city, they are tracking people through their toll tags.  Without telling anyonewhat they are doing, and not telling them they are doing it.  For your benefit, citizen!

Researchers have figured out they can put malware in your computer.  No, not the software.  They can put malicious program access in the circuits in the processor.  And it passes all the standard checks to see if there is any malware access.  It looks like a standard chip until a hacker decides he wants to work with your computer and they let themselves in.

So, nothing to worry about.  Sleep tight.


One thought on “Sleep Tight

  1. Normally the method used by Becker would be visible as a “stuck-at fault” in the random number generator which is easily detectable during manufacturing test. However, testability requires scan chains which is not recommended for the RNG.

    So this is indeed an interesting problem although describing it as “they let themselves in” seems a little too strong. Both examples potentially allow someone to access information they are not supposed to access but it does not allow any positive control of the ASIC.

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