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Winston Smith04 Oct 2018 8:21 a.m. PST

Trying to make the headline fit allowed space.

Please tell me the Pentagon isn't using electronic hardware or software made in China.

I'll let more qualified people discuss this.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 9:30 a.m. PST

They could hardly buy the latest electronics without buying from China. This is a big concern, since they've discovered hardware backdoors a couple times. No reason to think they've found them all.

Personal logo 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 9:39 a.m. PST

The US has been outsourcing its microelectronics manufacturing base to China for decades. Unless we're willing to pay more that is unlikely to change.

Stryderg04 Oct 2018 10:54 a.m. PST

I don't understand why that's a problem </sarcasm>.
Just read an article that someone has figured out how to plant firmware on a chip hidden in a USB cable. So, plug your phone into a work computer (just to charge it up, mind you), and you've just installed a key logger or backdoor for someone else.

Banana Man04 Oct 2018 11:14 a.m. PST

Go, China!

Lion in the Stars04 Oct 2018 11:31 a.m. PST

It would be very difficult for the US to not be buying stuff made in China. As noted, China makes some 75% of all electronic devices!

I feel sorry for whoever was doing the security testing, though. Can you imagine having to tell your boss that the very expensive servers, already installed in many secure places, have a freaking HARDWARE tap installed?

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 12:55 p.m. PST

The DoD totally uses cloud servers owned by "affected companies" -- almost certainly Amazon.

USAFpilot04 Oct 2018 1:19 p.m. PST

Where else are they suppose to buy it?

Maybe the Pentagon can buy from the same place it buys rockets from to launch our satellites (Russia). Or from the same place we buy steel from for our ships and tanks (not the USA).

McWong7304 Oct 2018 3:14 p.m. PST

Yep, own goal.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 4:22 p.m. PST

Of course we/they are.

I keep telling people, America's CEOs will sell the firing squad the bullets when there's a buck to be made, even if their family and friends are affected.

Apparently, they added little, rice-grain-sized microchips onto the motherboards, that reroute the info to the Chinese, when desired. Major companies like Apple and Amazon are falsely claiming they aren't affected, despite concrete evidence to the contrary.

Of course, the US has/had "backdoor" access to all the chips they made, back in the day too, though I suspect they'd attempt to deny that as well.

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