Newly released malware PlaceRaider sounds like science fiction: It’s Android malware designed to build 3-D models of users’ apartments for burglars and assassins. But PlaceRaider–developed by a team at Indiana University–is very real. The new malware was built as an academic exercise, and it exposes security flaws that government agencies would love to use. More importantly, it also exposes unintended mobile functionality that large companies like Google could easily monetize.
“We can hardcode the service directly to our silicon,” James said. “When it’s an Intel processor we can actually do specific middleware extensions that connect to their service that just activate the hardware.”
Editor’s note: A big step forward…if, long-term, Intel keeps 3-D IC assembly in house, it might have a completely secure IC and substantially more trusted system. If 3-D IC gets outsourced, however, then all bets are off.
“It’s one of the toughest cybersecurity challenges out there,” said Tom Kellermann, vice president of cybersecurity at Trend Micro. “There’s not really a solution unless you start to only build computers in the USA again.”
Read more at: Pre-Infected PCs Expose Flaws In Global Supply Chain.
WASHINGTON – Two major Chinese technology companies on Thursday denied allegations that some of their equipment is designed to facilitate spying, but struggled to convince U.S. lawmakers that they are independent from the dictates of Beijing’s communist government.
Raising their right hands, executives of Huawei Technologies Ltd. and ZTE Corp took an oath before testifying to the House Intelligence Committee, in what was a rare appearance by Chinese business leaders before a congressional panel. The hearing lasted 3 1/2 hours and the executives answered questions through interpreters.
The committee is finalizing a yearlong probe into whether the companies pose a risk to U.S. national security. They are among the world’s largest suppliers of telecommunications gear and want to expand their operations in the U.S. Huawei is a private company, founded by a former Chinese military engineer. ZTE Corp. is partly state-owned.
LONDON – South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has broken ground on a wafer fab for NAND memory production in Xian, in northwestern China.
Initially Samsung is investing $2.3 billion to bring the Xian fab into operation in 2014, as part of a planned total investment of $7 billion. Samsung did not indicate the manufacturing capacity it expects to achieve at various times in the wafer fabs development.
read more at EE Times