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China's link to chip backdoor shut close

Taylor Armerding | June 5, 2012
Security experts, along with researcher who found the backdoor, say no evidence of China's involvement

Harding said that is why the Department of Defense launched the Trusted Foundry program for "sensitive DoD programs --- basically nuclear weapons and such. But, the vast majority of computers in the military are also not checked for hidden software, backdoors or malicious code hardwired into the system," he said.

Finally, in comment threads on various stories, people note that the chip was manufactured by UMC, a company with operations in Taiwan, Singapore and Japan, and argue that while Taiwan is part of the Republic of China, it is not as hostile to the U.S. as mainland China. One commenter, M.V., wrote: "Manufactured in China (as it is today implied) is not the same as Manufactured in Taiwan (aka R.o.C)."

 

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