For the past two years, the US Military has found itself in a bit of a problem. Simple parts intended for large scale systems, as well as complex equipment from companies such as Cisco, seems to come with a hidden Made In China sticker on it. The only problem is that the military didn’t order these parts from China.
Counterfit parts seem to be flooding in from China at a rate that is only increasing: “The committee’s ongoing investigation found about 1,800 cases of suspect counterfeit electronics being sold to the Pentagon. The total number of parts in these cases topped 1 million. By the semiconductor industry’s estimates, counterfeiting costs $7.5 billion a year in lost revenue and about 11,000 U.S. jobs.”
The previous excerpt, taken from this Associated Press article: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g2LXrmqdue1S5B_Orrm6wNrEmFaQ?docId=93df24c9b63243ae943250ee25b3299f highlights the problem now facing the US and other countries. Besides the quality issue, there is the chance that hardware specifically designed to infiltrate US systems and cause havoc, such as the stuxnet worm, has already been integrated in a military database somewhere. Or a missile system. If the military is having this kind of trouble assuring that its parts are genuine, what does that mean for the average joe and his new wireless router? Can he trust that it will keep him secure?
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