Trojans aren’t restricted to the software domain
Trojans aren’t restricted to the software domain; in some instances, hardware Trojans could even open backdoors in custom silicon.
- New Electronics January 22nd, 2018
- Source: http://www.newelectronics.co.uk/electronics-technology/trojans-arent-restricted-to-the-software-domain/167599/
The hardware Trojan is the subject of regular hacking competitions between research teams. For example, the Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) organised by New York University [Tandon School of Engineering] has run several challenges around Trojans. In these challenges, red teams try to circumvent the detection mechanisms used by blue teams. 2013’s CSAW challenge focused on methods to beat FANCI, a largely effective detector developed at Columbia University and NYU [Tandon]. FANCI works on the basis that a Trojan would only have a loose connection to the design such that its logic would seem to be practically unreachable.