via Wired Danger Room
There are computer security threats — and then there are computer security nightmares. Put sabotaged circuits firmly in the second category. Last week, retired Gen. Michael Hayden, the former CIA and NSA chief, called the hazard of hacked hardware “the problem from hell.”
“Frankly, it’s not a problem that can be solved,” he added. “This is a condition that you have to manage.”
The Pentagon’s top research division is trying, however. Over the past two months, Darpa, has awarded nine contracts totaling $49 million for is Integrity and Reliability of Integrated Circuits (IRIS) program to check for compromised chips. Seven companies and two universities received the awards.