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New York ­niversity Abu Dhabi Researchers Develop 'unhackable' Computer Chip

One of the new 'unhackable' computer chips.

Researchers at the New York University Abu Dhabi Design for Excellence lab have developed new logic-locked chips, secured by a secret key so that only authorized users may utilize them.

Credit: New York University Abu Dhabi

Researchers at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) in the United Arab Emirates say they have created an "unhackable" computer chip to boost the defenses of computer hardware.

The researchers note the chip has a secret key that makes it virtually impossible to access and would only function for authorized users. "Without the secret key, the chips cannot be made functional," says NYUAD's Ozgur Sinanoglu.

The researchers plan to create a Web-based platform to make all information about the chip available to the public, and they will ask other researchers to act as hackers and try to retrieve the secret key or reveal the exact functionality of the chip.

In addition, the researchers say their hardware-based cybersecurity technology could be extended to provide protection against system-level threats such as WannaCry.

The researchers will present their research this fall at the ACM Conference on Computer Communications and Security (CCS 2017) in Dallas.

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