American security forces are facing a mass examination of their hardware, as an ongoing investigation discovers that counterfeit computer chips and other devices have been sold to the US government. According to a BusinessWeek report, recycled and fake microchips from Chinese vendors are being used - mistakenly or otherwise - in hardware distributed in America and bought, off the shelf, by the US military.
Two separate incidents involving fighter jet malfunction are being unofficially blamed on fake chips billed as Maxim and Xicor products; the two manufacturers have denied any involvement with the shipments. Yet another incident describes how fake routers, branded Cisco, were used by various military agencies, heedless to the fact that each could have a covert "back door" through which their makers could access classified information.
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