What Is the Work Around When a Huawei Ban Gets Traction?

July 16, 2020

DarkCyber noticed a news item in IT Online. “Counterfeit Cisco Devices Open Backdoors into Organizations’ Systems” states:

The counterfeits were discovered by an IT company after a software update stopped them from working, which is a common reaction of forged/modified hardware to new software.

Years ago, I learned that a Chinese manufacturer of telecommunications devices was running two lines. One line handled the US product. The other line generated “special” versions of the US product? I was unable to verify this interesting comment.

Some manufacturers in countries what was quaintly called “the Far East” may have decided to produce the equivalent of knock off watches.

If the IT Online report is accurate, these devices may be good enough to capture data from an organization of interest.

Supply chain security? Some US companies may say, “Yep, we will jump on that… right away.”

Stephen E Arnold, July 16, 2020


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