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It's a fine time to go looking for chips with embedded backdoors; didn't they see this in the movies and on TV? (Read the complete story)

"Interesting theory. In my little mind we have given so much away i proprietary technology, the US must R&D newer ICs and programs to be hardened against such attacks. I would ecpect simple secure algorythems should do the trick. As for ECM contributing to the success of attack on the supspected reactor; of course. ECM is the first battlefield play when executing a air attack. I would venture to say if the Syrian radar was compromised in any way, it should show up in some sort of computer log. ECM is not new technology and the far fetched theory of back dooring a "chip" is curious . A single IC would unlikely be an exploitable doorway however, introducing a routine or executable to a fire control system remotely would make more sense if you wanted to confound processors. "
(Mark Koenig 5/5/2008 1:11:59 PM)
"IMHO these kill switches are still the stuff of science fiction and will be for a long time. For a kill switch to be effective the system it's incorporated must be both immensely complex to avoid premature detection and at the same time whoever is planting it must have a very good understanding of the system. These two conditions are unlikely to coincide very often. There is perhaps a better explanation of these rumors: during the cold war the CIA spread rumours of top secret psychic spy programs to confuse the soviets and protect their sources inside the USSR as well as the USA's superior listening technology. The same thing may be going on again ..."
(Yossi Preminger 5/5/2008 5:11:48 PM)
"Another possible explanation to rumours about kill switches being used in the attack on Syria: totalitarian regimes like to foster fear and often contract the same paranoid delusions they wish to inflict on their subjects. A Syrian propaganda expert would think of it this way: Option A - Israel is militarily superior to Syria. Option B - the Zionist conspiracy can plant viruses everywhere. What do I tell the public ?"
(Yossi Preminger 5/5/2008 5:19:45 PM)
"In David Gerrold's "A Rage for Revenge” (War Against the Chtorr series) Lizard talks about how every weapons chip manufactured and exported from the United States has been coded not only to identify itself on receiving a coded signal from spy satellites (thus enabling the US to track enemy units simply by the weapons in their hands), but also to destroy the weapon too if need be."
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