The new chip encrypts and shifts the code bits 20 times per second to prevent hacking


A new architecture of a computer processor has been developed, which independently opposes potential security threats by continuous encryption and random permutation of key bits of its own code and data.

Existing methods of combating cyberatics are based on additional software, but its breaking only the question of time and resources. The problem is becoming more significant due to the development of the Internet of things, unmanned vehicles and other digital technologies. Therefore, engineers from Michigan University developed the innovative Morpheus chip, which stops any known types of attacks before they started.

The new architecture converts the data 20 times per second, so even the most progressive hacking systems will not have time to find vulnerabilities. At the same time, if the hacker finds a loophole, then after 50 milliseconds it automatically disappears. The transformation frequency can be changed to achieve an optimal relationship between security level and resource consumption.

When the demonstration was chosen precisely such frequency, because it is a thousand times the possibilities of the fastest method of electronic hacking, but reduces the performance of only 1%. Architecture also includes an attack detector that will determine potential threats and increases the rate of randomization of bits if an inevitable attack implies.

The developers compare Morpheus with a rubble cube, which is rebuilt after each blink, turning into an intractable task. In the chip, this is due to the peculiarities of an indefinite processor semantics.

The study financed the management of prospective research projects of the US Defense Ministry. After successfully demonstrating open source chip, the team began to work on the commercialization of technology through the Agita Labs startup.

Previously, we also reported the creation of the prototype of the ultra-speed