Monthly Archives: July 2015

New York Man Admits Supplying Falsely Remarked Computer Chips Used in U.S. Military Helicopters | USAO-CT | Department of Justice

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JEFFREY KRANTZ, 50, of New York, N.Y., waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty today in Hartford federal court to supplying customers with falsely remarked microprocessor chips, many of which were used in U.S. Military and commercial helicopters…. More at USAO-CT | Department of Justice.

New DoD Defense Contract Management Agency Instruction on Counterfeit Mitigation

DoD Defense Contract Management Agency Instruction DCMA-INST 1205 – Counterfeit Mitigation (July 6, 2015)

From DCMA Public Policy List.

This is a comprehensive instruction on how DCMA will go about surveillance and assessment of Contractor Counterfeit Electronic Part Avoidance and Detection Systems.

Here are some observations about this new instruction … Continue reading

Federal Register | Public Inspection: Revised Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standards

“The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) proposes to approve seven critical infrastructure protection (CIP) Reliability Standards …

“… the global supply chain also enables opportunities for adversaries to directly or indirectly affect the management or operations of companies that may result in risks to the end user. Supply chain risks may include the insertion of counterfeits,
unauthorized production, tampering, theft, or insertion of malicious software, as well as poor manufacturing and development practices. To address these risks, NIST developed SP 800-161 to provide guidance and controls that can be used to comply with Federal Information Processing Standard 199 Standards for Security Categorization of Federal Information and Information Systems for Federal Government Information Systems. …”

via Federal Register.

University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center doctor named in lawsuit over fake surgical hardware – Baltimore Sun

This will be an interesting study on accountability for due dilligence and notification when counterfeit part escapes occur. HL

“The University of Maryland’s Baltimore Washington Medical Center is sending letters to about 250 spinal fusion patients who received hardware from a defunct California company accused of selling fake parts. …

The case highlights the growing problem of counterfeit medical devices and drugs that national and international regulators have sought to stem, and raises questions about how to best protect consumers. …

One local lawyer questioned why the recall didn’t prompt hospitals that used the hardware to investigate earlier and notify patients there was a possibility that counterfeit hardware had been implanted. …

… hospitals also have a responsibility to police the supply chain, and one “red flag” is financial arrangements doctors have with equipment and drug makers. … ”

via Baltimore Sun.

History of Pre-Infected Electronics Will Block China’s Bid to Purchase Micron Technology

… There is a long-standing, yet quiet controversy around China’s role in the U.S. computer chip market—and with this alone, it’s likely that even if Micron Technology agreed to the sale, the U.S. government would intervene. …

via History of Pre-Infected Electronics Will Block China’s Bid to Purchase Micron Technology.

Federal Register | Public Inspection: Guidance: Oversight of Counterfeit, Fraudulent, and Suspect Items in the Nuclear Industry

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing Regulatory Issue Summary (RIS) 2015-08, “Oversight of Counterfeit, Fraudulent, and Suspect Items in the Nuclear Industry.” This RIS is intended to heighten awareness of existing NRC regulations and how they apply to the nuclear industry stakeholders’ oversight of counterfeit, fraudulent, and suspect items (CFSI). This RIS is addressed to all NRC’s licensees and certificate holders, Agreement State radiation control program directors, and state liaison officers, as well as addressees’ contractors and vendors…..

via Federal Register.

This RIS is also available on the NRC’s public Web site at (select “2015” and then select “RIS 2015-08”).

Continued Vigilance Keeps Counterfeit Items Out of Supply Chain – Nuclear Energy Institute

NRC finds industry guidance adequate to detect, prevent counterfeit goods

Existing regulations provide adequate protection of public health and safety

Licensees’ continued vigilance prevents fake goods from entering supply chain

via Nuclear Energy Institute

Four Individuals Charged For Importing And Trafficking Counterfeit Apple And Sony Technology Into The United States | USAO-NJ | Department of Justice

NEWARK, N.J. – Four people were charged today for allegedly smuggling counterfeit Apple iPhones, iPads and iPods, and Sony camcorders, from China for sale in the United States, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman of the District of New Jersey, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Special Agent in Charge Kevin Kelly of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Newark and Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli announced.

via USAO-NJ | Department of Justice.