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CHASE-in-the-News: Computer Systems Across Industries at Risk from Counterfeit Electronic Components

HOUSTON, Texas (PRWEB) March 27, 2013

In a recent survey of 637 companies (conducted from 20th to 27th of February 2013) across 20 different industries, 90 percent of respondents purchased counterfeit electrical components during the past six months, and nearly half—45 percent—of those purchases were made in support of computer operations, reports TodayComponents.com, a leading wholesaler of electronics and electrical components…

In late January some of the country’s top experts in computer hardware security gathered at the Conference on Counterfeit Electronics in Storrs, Connecticut, to discuss ways to address the growing international counterfeit electronics industry.

(Article by Colin Poitras, “Conference on Counterfeit Electronics Addresses Growing National Concern,” UConn Today, February 1, 2013) “This is a very challenging problem that requires a suite of solutions, as well as a strong collaboration between academia, industry, and government to tackle it,” says Mohammad Tehranipoor, a professor in engineering innovation at the University of Connecticut and one of the event’s coordinators.

Most counterfeit components are packaged as new, but may be damaged or used. Tampered chips, for example, may be pulled from scrap circuit boards and altered to look like factory-generated parts. Tehranipoor says that the problem with counterfeit chips is that they are unreliable and can wear out prematurely. Further, the chips could contain malicious Trojans, which may disable or hinder a system, or even allow third-party access to sensitive information….

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