30 Nov '12, 3pm
New DARPA Program Seeks to Reveal Backdoors and Other Hidden Malicious Functionality in Commercial IT Devices November 30, 2012 DARPA starts the Vetting Commodity IT Software and Firmware program and announces upcoming Proposers’ Day. The scenario is one that information security experts dread: widespread dissemination of commercial technology that is secretly wired to function in unintended ways or even spy on its users. From this vantage point, mobile phones, network routers, computer work stations and any other device hooked up to a network can provide a point of entry for an adversary. For the Department of Defense this issue is even more of a concern now than ever before as DoD personnel rely on equipment bought in large quantities and built with components manufactured all over the world. DoD’s growing dependence on the global supply chain makes device, software and ...