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“In an age when corporations and governments have become increasingly targeted by cyberattacks, Toshiba and Japan’s Waseda University have teamed up to develop a system that can detect so-called spy chips,” writes Nikkei Asia.

According to the article, spy chips can be hidden in semiconductors and circuit boards by resembling part of the circuit. The chips can receive signals so that third parties can take control or cause a device to malfunction at any given time. Toshiba subsidiary, Toshiba Information Systems, will be offering the service, called HTfinder, to determine if a semiconductor contains spy chips based on the makeup of the circuits.

Nikkei concludes, “Conventional cyberattacks normally rely on malware to facilitate breaches. The cybersecurity industry is said to be raising alarms on spy chips since they can be mass produced and difficult to trace.”

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