It seems the only time the US government does its due diligence with respect to security is when they are dealing with the citizenry. In yet another gaping security hole within the overall national security infrastructure, Wired Magazine reports that the U.S. Navy was duped into buying ‘fake’ micro chips:
In 2010, the U.S. military had a problem. It had bought over 59,000 microchips destined for installation in everything from missile defense systems to gadgets that tell friend from foe. The chips turned out to be counterfeits from China, but it could have been even worse.
…the chips weren’t only low-quality fakes, they had been made with a “back-door” and could have been remotely shut down at any time.
If left undiscovered the result could have rendered useless U.S. missiles and killed the signal from aircraft that tells everyone whether it’s friend or foe.
Apparently foreign chip makers are often better at making cheap microchips and U.S. defense contractors are loathe to pass up the better deal.
The problem remains with these “trojan-horse” circuits that can be built into the chip and are almost impossible to detect — especially without the original plans to compare them to.
So much for outsourcing. It’s gotten so bad that we can’t even manufacture our own military equipment anymore.
Remember that all Chinese companies are, in essence, the Chinese government itself. Considering that the chips reportedly had back doors built into them, and were to be installed in highly sophisticated military defense equipment, this is nothing less than an act of overt espionage at the least, or as Karl Denninger noted at The Market Ticker, an act of war at worst.
The Chinese sold to The American Navy microchips that contained “back doors” that allowed them to shut down their functionality remotely. That is, they attacked our military through back-door, surreptitious means.
That’s a declaration of war folks.
We’re sure President Obama will just laugh this one off as a manufacturing mistake.
But it most certainly was no mistake. The Chinese are at war with America. They may not be dropping bombs today, but the threat is real, for you see, a communist nation can only be at peace when every other nation is communist. That’s just how it works.
The Chinese government, it seems, wanted these chips installed in our missile defense systems. And what purpose would that serve? It’s obvious, isn’t it? When the time was right, they would have shut down our missile defense capabilities utilizing the physically wired backdoors.
We find it hard to believe that this is an isolated incident.
If the bankers, financiers, politicians and corporate interests don’t bring about the destruction of America, the Chinese will do their damndest to ensure it happens.