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Counterfeit products are a routine threat for the electronics industry. However, the more sinister specter of an electronic Trojan horse, lurking in the circuitry of a computer or a network router and allowing attackers clandestine access or control, was raised again recently by the F.B.I. and the Pentagon.
The new law enforcement and national security concerns were prompted by Operation Cisco Raider, which has led to 15 criminal cases involving counterfeit products bought in part by military agencies, military contractors and electric power companies in the United States. Over the two-year operation, 36 search warrants have been executed, resulting in the discovery of 3,500 counterfeit Cisco network components with an estimated retail value of more than $3.5 million, the F.B.I. said in a statement.
The F.B.I. is still not certain whether the ring’s actions were for profit or part of a state-sponsored intelligence effort. The potential threat, according to the F.B.I. agents who gave a briefing at the Office of Management and Budget on Jan. 11, includes the remote jamming of supposedly secure computer networks and gaining access to supposedly highly secure systems. Contents of the briefing were contained in a PowerPoint presentation leaked to a Web site, Above Top Secret.
Originally posted by tjack
Notice to whomever may be watching us:
WE'RE WATCHING YOU TOO! (and we know what you've done)
Originally posted by MidnightDStroyer
Wow! NYT considers little 'ol us as a credible source? I've been around since 2002 & never thought I'd see that happen! I mean, really, I'd always figured that Intel Agencies of all stripes were looking us over, but a big-time (media-controlled) rag like NYT? I'm sorry to say that I missed being part of that original thread.