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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Infected Foreign Hardware & Software Appeared In The US

Infected Foreign Hardware & Software Appeared In The US

Infected Foreign Hardware & Software Appeared In The US

Added: Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Recently the US Department of Homeland Security has notified that some hardware was shipped from foreign parts containing malware and spyware pre-installed.


Although the industry might think that the problem could have the advantage of cutting out the intermediary, the representative of the Department of Homeland Security admitted that the issue is getting worse.

Greg Schaffer, the acting deputy undersecretary for national protection and programs, had a talk to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is currently thinking about an Obama-backed proposal to enforce stricter monitoring on computer equipment shipped to the US for critical government and communications infrastructure.

Meanwhile, the US Department of Homeland Security didn't specify if they were talking about end-user consumer hardware, such as retail laptops, DVDs and media players, or really serious business computers that government departments leant on. It is actually the first time that the country has officially confirmed that consumer technology is arriving in the US from abroad already loaded with malware like botnet components, key-logging software, and even software specifically designed for defeating security programs installed on the same PC.

Greg Schaffer received a question from Jason Chaffetz, who was worrying that using both software and hardware manufactured overseas would run the risk that the parts could be embedded in them already. In response, Schaffer tried to get a bit woolly, saying that the issue was important to the President. However, Jason Chaffetz cut him off and restated the question, now asking him if he was aware of any software or hardware being shipped to the country that already had security risks embedded into those parts. That time Schaffer took a pause before admitting he was aware that there have been cases of such shipments.

However, he didn’t specify that there have been cases with software being infected by malware at the plant before being shipped. The matter is that this had little to do with an effort to spy on the machines – it was more likely just the disk image infected by mistake. In case hardware is being tinkered with, this is completely another matter. Meanwhile, thus far there have been no official cases of this happening.

July 19th,2011

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Date:  Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-07-19 15:37:59)
No avatarHow could the disk image be infected by mistake?

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-07-20 02:07:28)
fusseltier avatarsome countries, like china, would put hard code into chips that will be like a trojan and give them access or whatever they need to do, or just cause problems and damage to specific devices and hardware.
it wouldn't be the disk image, it might be in the plug-n-play software for example.

posted by ET lover (2011-07-20 08:48:30)
COMPRENDeDEFUNCT avatarsounds to me like a ploy to get the American market to purchase only US manufactured PC equipment. feed the fear . the next thing they will be saying is that the Imported computers contain bombs

posted by Blocked (2011-07-20 17:52:08)
I think the same.. overpriced American products when China can provide them for a quarter

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