3500 Fake Cisco Products In US Gov Networks

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News Posted: Sun, May 11 2008 4:23 PM

Grab your tinfoil hats people, the conspiracy theories are about to start flying. The FBI just recently finished conducting an investigation into the networking components being used by the government.

"Operation Cisco Raider uncovered 3,500 counterfeit Cisco network components, with an estimated value of $3.5 million.  According to the FBI’s briefing of the Office of Management and Budget, the counterfeit equipment could allow the remote jamming of networks thought to be secure and possibly could allow access to networks remotely."

The FBI is understandably concerned that counterfeit components would allow unwanted users to access secure networks.   The question would be whether or not the people selling the components did so as a way of making a quick buck or if they were intentionally trying to put government networks at risk.

We’re certain to find out more as 15 criminal cases have been filed so far against those that either sold, manufactured, or were otherwise involved with the fake products.



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ice_73 replied on Mon, May 12 2008 7:40 AM

 hahahaha i couldnt help but laugh. we're pouring all this money into home land security and stoping counterfit dvd's and other merchandise yet our own goverment got ripped off....  although its good to know the fbi cracked down on this, i thought the goverment would buy directly from cisco instead of a third party... but i guess not. 

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digitaldd replied on Fri, May 16 2008 7:53 AM

Counterfeit Cisco products have been around for a long time. Occasionally you can even get them from authorized resellers.

 

Just add malware to the IOS in your preferred Cisco gear

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