[chirp_users] "USB-to-serial chipmaker's software update 'bricks' counterfeit chips"

Kevin Zembower kzembower at verizon.net
Fri Oct 31 13:23:31 PDT 2014


This article may be of interest to this community:
http://www.informationweek.com/government/cybersecurity/chipmaker-disables-counterfeits-with-software-update/d/d-id/1316973

 From the article:


  Chipmaker Disables Counterfeits With Software Update

Future Technology Devices Inc. (FTDI) is the UK manufacturer of a 
popular USB-to-serial converter for enabling USB support on legacy 
peripherals. The company's technology is used widely within the critical 
infrastructure and healthcare sectors, as well as in many test equipment 
and consumer products.

FTDI recently released a software update that essentially "bricked," or 
disabled, counterfeit copies of one of its chips running on products 
from numerous manufacturers.

-Kevin




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