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Dangerous Fakes

"The American military faces a growing threat of potentially fatal equipment failure—and even foreign espionage—because of counterfeit computer components used in warplanes, ships, and communication networks," according to a report by Brian Grow, Chi-Chu Tschang, Cliff Edwards and Brian Burnsed of BusinessWeek.  The business of salvaging microchips from computer refuse is booming in China.  Old markings are sanded off the chips and they are re-stamped to look like new.  In the process, commercial grade microchips from PCs or cell phones are being sold as new, military-grade microchips.

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