For many in law enforcement and national security in the U.S. security concerns are very big after the FBI discovered that the U.S. military had bogus computer gear in use in its military networks. The fear is that counterfeit networking components could introduce Trojans and possible security breaches into secure networks in America.
According to The New York Times, the FBI ran an investigation called Operation Cisco Raider that has so far led to 15 criminal cases involving counterfeit products that were bought and in use by U.S. military agencies, military contractors and electric power companies in America.
Operation Cisco Raider uncovered 3,500 counterfeit Cisco network components, with an estimated value of $3.5 million. According to the FBI’s briefing of the Office of Management and Budget, the counterfeit equipment could allow the remote jamming of networks thought to be secure and possibly could allow access to networks remotely.
A Cisco spokesman told The New York Times, “We did not find any evidence of re-engineering in the manner that was described in the FBI presentation. We know what these counterfeiters are about." Cisco believes that the counterfeiters weren’t attempting to get products into the market that would allow intrusion into secure networks. Rather Cisco feels that the counterfeiters were simply trying to produce copies of popular products to make fast money.
The threat of gaining access to secure systems via backdoors and exploits in hardware is real. Researchers at the University of Illinois were able to modify a Sun Microsystems SPARC processor by altering a data file on the chip. The chip altered was used in automated manufacturing systems and the modifications allowed the researchers to steal passwords from the system the processor was used in.
The issue of compromised hardware used in defense systems was highlighted with the bombing of the suspected Syrian nuclear plant by Israel. In that recent example, security analysts believe antiaircraft weapons were compromised and were turned off remotely prior to the attack.
Compromised hardware isn't the only source of security breaches for secure networks. A simple phishing attack on one of the countries most prestigious research laboratories allowed the breach of information from networks at Los Alamos.
quote: Let's face it, the United states are spending about 600billion USD a year on military expenditures, which is about 50% of the military expenditures of the entire world and that's at least 8x as much as any other country in this world.
quote: And for the money that was suppose to be spent on "rebuilding" countries, what they have done after 5 years into the war in Iraq?
quote: Unfortunately, the U.S. government is also the biggest arm dealer in the world.
quote: Wars are only good for one kind of people -- arm dealers.
quote: You put it in a way sounds like involving in wars is a good thing for America
quote: Speaking of stabling the middle east, have you seen that U.S. is selling weapons to both sides, Israel and Saudi Arabia?
quote: Wasn't their a bunch of news about how that election had a lot of problems with everybody rigging it?
quote: And a stable democratic middle east is within our best interests for national security, yes, However, just because we want it, doesn't mean we will get it.
quote: So I won't hesitate to say this to you. that country needs a civil war, and it will have it regardless of whether we are there or not.
quote: We can spend billions on nothing, and waste countless soldiers, or we can let the dam break and at least get out of the way instead of delaying it. A stable, democratic Middle East Will. Not. Happen.
quote: You make me sick when you talk about this war. Like it actually might do something. You seem realistic in all sense but this. Name One thing that we are fighting there for beyond G dublya's pride that we will actually get. They don't want us there. We don't want us there. (those of us that have grey matter in their heads.) We won't accomplish anything there. Why are we fighting?
quote: Not to mention, if you want to sent my friends in the military for your little humanitarian democracy missions, ENLIST YOURSELF, because I'll tell you, they, and ESPECIALLY the marines, are sick of Iraq, whose ONE STANDING MOTIVATOR that has not changed is installing democracy and human rights
quote: Wasn't their a bunch of news about how that election had a lot of problems with everybody rigging it? And a stable democratic middle east is within our best interests for national security, yes, However, just because we want it, doesn't mean we will get it.
quote: You seem to be quite the realist about wars. So am I. However, you seem to be under the illusion that this war will actually get anything done. So I won't hesitate to say this to you. that country needs a civil war, and it will have it regardless of whether we are there or not. We can spend billions on nothing, and waste countless soldiers, or we can let the dam break and at least get out of the way instead of delaying it. A stable, democratic Middle East Will. Not. Happen. For two reasons. 1. it must be democratic. 2. it must be stable.
quote: democracy as we think of it will not exist there for awhile. and by awhile, I mean for a decade or two. The illusion of democracy we have their is pathetic. Stability. That's a good one. I don't even have to say anything about that. The middle east and stable haven't been used in the sentance since Saddam was dictator.
quote: You mean "better off" in the sense that ~500,000 civilians have been shot to death, burned to death, tortured, blown up, or maimed permanently? Not to mention the tens of thousands including thousands of children who will suffer acute mental distress and PTSD for their entire lives.
quote: And you are calling THAT person ignorant??? The current Iraq War has absolutely no connection to the Revolutionary War or World War II, And comparing them is a disgrace of epic proportions. War is to be avoided at all costs if possible, however, certain situations require exceptions. Iraq was not one of them. And if idiots like yourself don't recognize the difference, nor don't give a damn about the constitution or are even capable of seeing how misled and manipulated you are by the government, there may just be another Revolutionary War.
quote: Or wait, are you one of the moronic "super-patriots" that believes that nonsense?
quote: How about Cheney and Rumsfeld and all the times they tried to link Iraq to Al-Qaeda or Iraq to 9/11.Afghanistan is a completely different situation than Iraq. There were ACTUAL terrorists and militants there
quote: That statement is a vast generalization intended to make people feel good about war. However, the truth is that "freedom" had NOTHING to do with the Iraq War.
quote: I'll also tell you what democracy is. At the root of it, it's two wolves and a lamb discussing what's for dinner.
quote: I'm sure there is something, somewhere that we don't know about which contains a backdoor or trojan that could be utilized in a devastating manner in the future.
quote: I don't know how anyone that can charge $2k for a single port NIC can sleep at night.
quote: We got missing computers here... fake one's here... while you think about it on a grand scale it seems insane, but the government is a business, and like a lot of the big business' I've worked for, money can get thrown around like nothing. Sometimes with not enough supervision. It's tragic, but not really a surpise to me. It still sucks though.
quote: Compromised hardware isn't the only source of security breaches for secure networks. A simple phishing attack on one of the countries most prestigious research laboratories allowed the breach of information from networks at Los Alamos.