Wednesday, 2 May 2012
This will be my first post for the topic 'Legal Issues Related to Hardware Trojans and Malware-Embedded Software'. So basically I'll start off by explaining the definition and give a clearer view on the two malicious viruses. The common question people, or the so called netizens, will ask globally is "What is Trojans?". Let me illuminate you people with the proper nationwide accepted definition given by the 'Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary International Student's Edition 7th edition', Trojans is '2 (computing) a computer program that seems to be helpful but that is, in fact, designed to destroy data, etc.' A Hardware Trojans is normally associated with an integrated circuit. This integrated circuit is then modified maliciously, hence the name Hardware Trojans. Hardware Trojans is also known as HTH. The hardware that has undergone malicious alteration(Hardware Trojans), could result in functional changes to the system. This is very bad to the system itself as it somehow tries to bypass the security wall of a system. Not to mention its capability to disable the security wall as well which is more dangerous and poses a bad consequent.When this happens, it will allow confidential information to be leaked and stolen without the owner's consent. This is not as worrying as most people assumed that the hardware is secure and trusted. On the other hand, Malware-Embedded software is also dangerous but the only difference is they attack in another manner. This is when the law comes to the rescue. A saying by TIMES INDIA states that, 'No one is immune to cyber crimes and attack'. Furthermore, at the same time, legal issues start to arise. This is why our group will be discussing this topic by posting current issues, local and international development, decided cases and many more. The laws governing this area are the Computer Crimes Act 1997, Penal Code (Act 574) and many more.