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Tiny Components Will Help Secure the IT Supply Chain

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded a $4.1 million contract for the development of dielets, which are tiny components that can be added to electronics to validate authenticity. This is a big deal, because counterfeit parts can have faulty microchips that jeopardize the entire system in which they operate. Dielets will be approximately a tenth the size of a pencil tip, and though they will mercifully not connect electronically to components, they will still be encrypted and be able to detect tampering. Technology supply chains stand to become safer than ever before through these tiny pseudo-lie detectors. You can read more about it at Defense Systems: http://defensesystems.com/articles/2015/01/08/darpa-shield-counterfeit-parts-detection.aspx

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