When Technology goes Stupid

Our lives are now run by a wide variety of microchips. Not just our computers, phones, and tablets either. Our cars, refrigerators, and other appliances. And, by the way, our airplanes – both commercial and military.  A company – Actel – makes the chips for much of this, including the 787 Dreamliner. So how is it that they are so stupid that they designed in a back door to the inner workings of the chips that could allow hackers to access and modify the chip functions?

Just as important is this. How is it possible that a UK news outlet is the one reporting the story, even when Actel is a US company, and the research into the flaw was discovered by US scientists?

There is more than one thing that is seriously wrong. Read the Guardian story here for the details.


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