DHS: Imported Consumer Tech Contains Hidden Hacker Attack Tools | Fast Company


DHS: Imported Consumer Tech Contains Hidden Hacker Attack Tools | Fast Company

This is a significant weakness in any critical infrastructure protection paradigm. It also drives up the costs of securing assets in that all technology used in the protection or maintenance of the assets must be reviewed. Given the complexity of software and hardware, the likelihood of a vulnerability slipping through is not small. It will be interesting to review the government’s study of this threat to determine what the actual risk is.

Last week I mentioned the Wired article describing the Stuxnet attack and how it was a roadmap for attacking critical infrastructure and would lead to increased legislation regarding protecting critical infrastructure. Vulnerabilities such as this could increase the likelihood of such legislation. This is not just a US issue, but an issue for all countries.

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