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CHASE Faculty Opinion on “N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers” New York Times Article

Malicious Hardawre
JAN. 23, 2014

To the Editor:

N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers” (front page, Jan. 15) not only brought to light the troubling activity of the National Security Agency, but also called attention to the threat of malicious hardware in consumer electronics. While cyberattacks through networks and software are well known and the public is attuned to these threats, the same is not true for computer hardware.

Counterfeit, recycled and deliberately altered electronic parts frequently make their way into the manufacturing supply chain, posing a significant threat to the integrity of everything from cellphones and personal computers to medical devices and fighter jet weapon systems.

Criminal enterprises and corporations have used consumer electronics hardware to steal vital information. The public needs to be aware of this emerging threat to our computing security.

JOHN A. CHANDY
Storrs, Conn., Jan. 17, 2014

The writer is an associate professor of engineering at the University of Connecticut and deputy director of its Center for Hardware Assurance, Security and Engineering.

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