Sunday September 02, 2018

Experts Call for Transparency around Google’s Chinese-Made Security Keys

Security experts are voicing their concern following the discovery of Google’s new Titan Security Keys being made by Chinese company Feitian. While the search giant "does not see an issue with working with them," security teams fear the keys could be compromised by the Chinese government. The supply chain process has not been documented thus far.

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"The supply chain in China often is dictated by government policy," the head of a security team based in a global, multi-billion-dollar company said. Generally speaking, one concern is that the Chinese government could potentially force Feitian to introduce some form of backdoor into the devices, or intercept the keys themselves and tamper with them, allowing the government to then access accounts of targets, for instance.