With a call for suggestions for testing software and commodity IT devices, the US Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is declaring war on backdoors, which it sees as a widespread problem. Under current circumstances, the department says, it is not possible to verify the security of every one of its devices in a timely fashion. The objective of DARPA's VET programme is to develop new approaches to ensure that IT products are free of backdoors and secret malicious code.
Along with computers and their software, devices that will be systematically tested include mobile phones, routers, and printers. DARPA will host a Proposers' Day on 12 December to give interested parties more information on the project.