Monthly Archives: May 2012

Counterfeit Chips on the Rise – IEEE Spectrum

As more firms report finding phony chips, the danger they pose becomes clearer… More at IEEE Spectrum

Note: I don’t observe any new information on here for those who have been following this issue closely, but the graphic depictions of the stats is done well and provides an effective quick reference to help educate neophytes.

Why do most contractors avoid reporting counterfeit part findings? – Part 2

Not long after posting my earlier essay, I observed with great interest a social media posting by a well-respected supply chain professional suggesting that differences in US and UK cultural norms may explain why US organizations seem to be more open about reporting counterfeit part discoveries.

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Why do most contractors avoid reporting counterfeit part findings?

In the Spring of 2008, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) Counterfeit Parts IPT completed a survey of U.S. Government and industry organizations to identify the primary benefits from sharing information on counterfeit components, and to identify obstacles and encumbrances to information sharing. Survey results showed that defense and aerospace industries and the Government benefit from sharing information on counterfeit components. The predominant benefits identified were:

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UK researchers discover backdoor in American military chip – Nextgov

U.K.-based security researchers have found a backdoor that was “deliberately” inserted into an American military chip to help attackers gain unauthorized access and reprogram its memory, according to a draft research paper. …

More at Nextgov

China shocked at US allegations of counterfeit military products – CNTV.CN

“A spokesman from China’s Foreign Ministry says China is shocked at US allegations that Chinese companies provided counterfeited electronic parts to the US army. …”

Follow up re: Counterfeit Microelectronic Parts and Inspections & Tests That Reveal Them

In an earlier post, I describe how inspection and test protocols should be designed to reveal the more insidious varieties of counterfeit and fraudulent parts circulating throughout the open market.

The following paper is an example of this sort of approach….

Screening for Counterfeit Electronic Parts, B. Sood, D. Das and M. Pecht, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics, Vol. 22, No. 10, pp. 1511-1522, 2011.

As industry, the US Government and standards organizations improve authenticity verification approaches, the design of test and inspection protocols should seek to reveal failure mechanisms induced by exposure to conditions used parts are subjected to during counterfeiting operations such as excessive heat, moisture, contaminants, electrostatic discharge and the combinational effects of these exposures.

ECN Webinar – The Fight Against Counterfeit Electronic Components – Evolving Regulations and Corresponding Impact

ECN Presents an Educational Webinar.

The Fight Against Counterfeit Electronic Components – Evolving Regulations and Corresponding Impact (Tuesday, June 12, 2012; 2:00 p.m. ET; 11:00 a.m. PT; Duration: 1 Hour)

Panelists are….

  • Andrew Olney, Director of Reliability and Product Analysi,s Analog Devices, Inc.; Chair of the SIA Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force
  • Daryl Hatano, Vice President of Government and External Affairs, ON Semiconductor

Senate Armed Services Committee Releases Report on Counterfeit Electronic Parts

WASHINGTON — A Senate Armed Services Committee investigation discovered counterfeit electronic parts from China in the Air Force’s largest cargo plane, in assemblies intended for Special Operations helicopters, and in a Navy surveillance plane among 1,800 cases of bogus parts, a committee report released today shows.

Press Release

Committee Report

TechAmerica Applauds Amendment to FY 13 Defense Authorization Bill to Incent Industry Adoption of Supply Chain Risk Mitigation Criteria

Washington, DC –TechAmerica’s Senior Vice President for National Security and Procurement Policy, Trey Hodgkins thanked the House Armed Services Committee today for adopting an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization bill that will go a long way to incenting the adoption of criteria now under development at the Department designed to detect and avoid counterfeit parts in the Department of Defense (DoD) supply chain. …