Pentagon: Fake Tech is a Recurrent Problem

March 27, 2012

Counterfeit materials are the most frequently encountered danger to the supply chain that delivers U.S. military systems, a Defense Department official said Tuesday.

Because technology often touches many hands in many foreign countries before reaching a contractor, malicious actors or scammers have multiple opportunities to taint materials, government officials have found. Federal auditors also have just released two reports citing the vulnerability of national security systems to the installation of malicious software and fake parts. Pentagon officials on Tuesday confirmed to lawmakers the existence of those threats.

In the Defense supply chain, "the most common occurring threat would be in the realm of the counterfeit issue, because of its prevalence," said Mitchell Komaroff, Defense's director of trusted mission systems and networks. 

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