I Brick Your Chip

Driver Update Disables Counterfeit Chips

by Jim Turley

It sounds like something out of a spy thriller. A piece of security software, masquerading as a routine driver update, sniffs out enemy chips and terminates them with extreme prejudice. There is no fix; the chip, and everything it’s connected to, is bricked.

Sneaky, huh? And not really all that hard to implement. With nearly everything connected “to the cloud,” it’s easy to insert new software remotely. And we’re all accustomed to downloading and installing new drivers every few weeks, so there’s nothing suspicious that would tip anyone off.

Except…

The case this week involves FTDI, a company that makes popular and inexpensive USB-interface chips. You’ve probably got one inside some device nearby, or you’ve used FTDI chips in your own designs.  Read More


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I Brick Your Chip

Posted on 10/30/14 at 6:24 PM by Lord Loh.

Lord Loh.
What is a counterfeit FTDI chip? USB to serial chips are generic. So are these chips that have their VID set to FTDI? And what exactly was being counterfeit? Was it just malefic labelling a generic USB to serial devices as FTDI and using their VID?

If …

Let’s Get This Party Kickstarted

Posted on 10/30/14 at 3:23 PM by bmoyer

bmoyer
I saw a presentation today at the Touch Gesture Motion conference by a company called Tactonics where the speaker asserted that most crowdfunding efforts aren't in fact about raising funds - they could get the funds in other ways.

Instead, they're simp…

I Brick Your Chip

Posted on 10/30/14 at 3:17 PM by Jim Turley

Jim Turley
> I just hope they made sure that the end users knew what went wrong.

Okay, but *how* will end users know what went wrong?

For example, my wife's FitBit stopped working a few weeks ago. Was it because of a counterfeit USB chip, or was it just a coi…

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