DHS: Foreign Parties Installing Malware on U.S. Electronics

Electronics sold in the United States are being preloaded with spyware, malware and security-compromising components by unknown foreign parties, according to the testimony of DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate Greg Schaffer.

Schaffer admitted to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that both Homeland Security and the White House have been aware of this for quite some time, Fast Company reports. This means that some technology being marketed in the United States has been purposely designed to enable cyberattacks.

During questioning, Schaffer said that combatting security issues caused by the malware in the U.S. electronics supply chain would require a whole-of-government effort.

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