In 2011, General Michael Hayden, who had earlier been director of both the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, described the idea of computer hardware with hidden “backdoors” planted by an enemy as “the problem from hell.” This month, news reports based on leaked documents said that the NSA itself has used that tactic, working with U.S. companies to insert secret backdoors into chips and other hardware to aid its surveillance efforts.
That revelation particularly concerned security experts because Hayden’s assessment is widely held to be true. Compromised hardware is difficult, and often impossible, to detect. Hardware can do things such as access data in ways invisible to the software on a computer, even security software. The possibility that computer hardware in use around the world might be littered with NSA backdoors raises the prospect that other nations’ agencies are doing the same thing, or that groups other than the NSA might find and exploit the NSA’s backdoors. Critics of the NSA say the untraceable nature of hardware flaws, and the potential for building them into many systems, also increases the risk that intelligence agencies that place them will be tempted to exceed legal restrictions on surveillance.
So riddle me this, Gun Control Man: how can any thinking person trust that any "Smart Gun" technology hasn't been backdoored by the Fed.Gov, with a remote RFID kill switch? Six months ago I would have thought that this was tin foil hat territory; now I look at it and think "plausible".
After all, the BATF ran illegal guns to Mexican drug cartels. The IRS audited the Obama Administration's enemies. Journalists are being investigated by the Justice Department under the noxious Sedition Act of 1918, and the Director of National Intelligence and the Director of the NSA have both repeatedly perjured themselves before Congressional Committees charged with overseeing their operations. The NSA seemingly has subverted the encryption standards used by the entire electronic financial transfer industry. Communications companies have been told to snoop on their customers and hand over encryption keys, and have been muzzled by classified National Security Letters issued by secret courts. And now there are charges that hardware may have been trojaned by the US Government.
And we should trust this "Smart Gun" technology is above boards? Bullet proof (so to speak), with no way around it for the G Men?