Chinese are smart and have made the US play into their hands – from the economy to manufatcuring to defense. And for some reason, the Americans have played happily along.
Over the years, the Chinese have penetrated US’s cyber networks and also pushed counterfeit equipment parts so deep that they have been found installed in the latest state of the art defense equipment like the aircrafts in the US. The banking system, the electricity grid and the defense network – all are either mapped and penetrated or made vulnerable due to counterfeits. In the long run, when the crunch comes, it may hurt the US.
The National Counterintelligence Executive, Joel Brenner, said at the Austin University Texas last week
“We’re also seeing counterfeit routers and chips, and some of those chips have made their way into US military fighter aircraft.. You don’t sneak counterfeit chips into another nation’s aircraft to steal data. When it’s done intentionally, it’s done to degrade systems, or to have the ability to do so at a time of one’s choosing.”
Pretty serious charge. Wonder what the Obama Government is doing about all this?