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Counterfeit Chips Traced to Weapon Programs

Last week, Wired Magazine reported on the findings regarding a large number of counterfeit military IC’s purchased from the company VisionTech by the US Navy. Business Insider published a similar article with slightly more alarmist leanings. Both articles discuss the worst-case scenario: foreign installed ‘Trojan Horses’ found in counterfeit ICs that have self-destruct timers or watch for specific input triggers to stop working (‘Kill Switches’).

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Sometimes the ‘Good Guys’ Use Malware, Too

This is the first confirmation that the Stuxnet virus completely shut down some nuclear enrichment in Iran.

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Trust-Oriented Design Environment

For the majority of the different embedded processor devices available on the market, there is a software development environment created to enable software coders to do their job. This includes a variety of elements including source code capture, debuggers, compilers, linkers, test tools, and visualization tools. The differentiation between one embedded processor and the next is as much about performance as it is about ease of use and productivity. In addition, interoperability between other third party productivity tools is a major consideration. Those who architect and implement design environments for embedded processors tend to prioritize these two factors. Continue reading