Fake chips threaten military

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    Fake chips threaten military - San Jose Mercury News
     
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    They could pose an inconvenience and add additional costs, but there's no way they should cause operational problems. Mission critical circuit board assemblies go thru a full functional testing and several stages of inspection. These should be caught before they ever leave the circuit assembly facility, unless they're shortcutting the assembly process.
     
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    Yep, plus the NSA has its own chip manufacturing plant. They aren't stupid, they saw the potential threat from tampered with chips decades ago. So, while these phoney chips could pose a threat to the security of non-sensitive applications, it's doubtful they would be used in anything of any real importance, at least by the military or intelligence agencies (however they could pose a threat to the private sector).
     
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