Submitted by nsopegasusyou in Tech

Highlight comment: "Presumably, antenna resonance, array phase (directionality) and radio spectrum are all controllable with software now. Any or all of these could be modified remotely and changed back to civilian cell parameters again in a matter of seconds. Additionally the firmware, and hence general capabilities, can be remotely updated.

Hence, one can no longer look at a device like a modern radio cell and say "this is designed to work in such a way". If you impounded it, took it to a lab, what you'd see on the bench may have no relation to how it operated a few days ago. Given also that traffic to and from the device may be encrypted all the way back to Beijing, the operation of the devices cannot be attested even in principle.

This is a serious general problem in modern security - one of unfalsifiability and plasticity of form and function. It applies as much to Windows and Apple computers as to Huawei.

Unless we quickly reverse the trend toward vendor-trust models that give over total control to unverifiable remote entities we're all going to be seriously screwed soon."




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Fool wrote

Just to add to this, since China has a backdoor, potentially anyone on the internet could find an exploit and get access to the same capabilities.


asterism wrote

Finally a chance to live out all my WarGames fantasies.


Fool wrote

A video game, WarGames, was released for the ColecoVision in 1983 and ported to the Atari 8-bit family and Commodore 64 in 1984.

Way ahead of you.