DHS Acknowledge Hidden Hacker Components in U.S. Bound Electronics

computer hacker mask keyboardThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently acknowledged the possibility of electronics bound for the United States being imbedded with malware, spyware or intentionally malicious components by foreign entities to deliberately damage or retrieve information from the United States.  Some hidden components are practically imperceptible.

A top DHS official, Mr. Greg Schaffer, acknowledged in testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that some examples of such attacks have been documented.  In talks with Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, Mr. Schaffer indicated that the DHS and the White House knew about such threats, and that past occurrences have been recorded.

Software and hardware components, developed by Foreign entities, purposely embedded with security risks streamline the possibility for cyber-attacks.  Because such actions are sometimes impossible to trace, retaliatory actions are somewhat general.  A specific course of action, if there is one, has yet to be disclosed.  Schaffer stresses that a “whole-of-government” effort is necessary to limit the proliferation of malware and spyware by foreign entities into American supply chains.

Acknowledging that there is a problem is the first step.  With the damage such pervasive actions inflict being large in scope, it is essential to ensure that such actions are properly investigated and taken seriously.  As technology continues to advance, malicious cyber-attacks become harder to trace and more dangerous to private and governmental infrastructures.




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