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Ex-army bloke says the US is not ready for cyber war




Ex-army bloke says the US is not ready for cyber war
Ex-army bloke says the US is not ready for cyber war



http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1591069/ex-army-bloke-us-ready-cyber-war 

By Nick Farrell
The Inquirer
9 February 2010

FORMER US ARMY computer insecurity specialist Christopher Tarnovsky 
showed the Black Hat Technical Security Conference exactly why the US 
cannot handle a cyber war.

Speaking before the throngs of hackers, he hacked into a computer chip 
called a "Trusted Platform Module" or TPM. TPM chips are supposed to be 
the industry's highest standard of security and are present in more than 
100 million computers sold to businesses and individuals.

When he managed it he had access to all the highly sensitive documents 
in government and business and almost everything on the PC.

Tarnovsky unlocked the most secure chip manufactured by Infineon 
Technologies and he claimed that his technique will work on the entire 
line of security chips manufactured by the outfit. Infineon is the 
leading maker of TPM chips.

It is not Goodnight Vienna for the computer world, however. Hackers 
wanting to try the Spanish Inquisition on the TPM chips have to first 
get their paws on a smartphone, laptop or X-box. They will also then 
have to torture the TPM chip in acid baths, rust remover, and finally 
drive a oaken spike into the heart of the chip.

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