via Fierce Government IT
The federal government is contemplating whether to institute additional regulation to prevent counterfeit goods from entering its supply chain.
The specter of counterfeit goods being inadvertently purchased by the government has become a rising concern. In May 2010, a federal court sentenced a convicted counterfeiter to 51 months in prison for having sold fake Cisco equipment to the Defense Department. The purchase of a likely counterfeit networking card by the National Archives and Records Administration in the summer of 2010 helped cause the agency’s email system to go partially offline.
Federal officials have also expressed worries that counterfeit goods could cause cybersecurity problems, were they to contain malicious firmware.