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Semiconductor Engineering .:. DNA For Cryptography Chips

Semiconductor Engineering .:. DNA For Cryptography Chips | Electronics | Scoop.it
DNA For Cryptography Chips DNA markers are making counterfeit chips a lot easier to identify, and DNA chips are on the drawing board
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Today’s global supply chain is confusing and often hard to navigate. Rarely any product is completely produced in one place-- they’re assembled from components that originate across the globe.


That complexity has allowed counterfeit components to infiltrate the supply chains of some the most important products and tools.


When this happens, the substandard components can cause the product to malfunction, or even fail entirely in its assigned task.


This is unacceptable, and naturally dangerous for many governments and corporations that rely on these products and technologies.


To combat this problem, the Defense Logistics Agency uses Applied DNA Sciences SigNature DNA anti-counterfeiting technology to ward off counterfeits.


This article from Semiconductor Engineering outlines the growing challenge the DLA faces, and how DNA has provided a solution.


To learn more about Applied DNA Sciences’ SigNature DNA anti-counterfeiting technology, please visit our website: http://www.adnas.com

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Autobody News - Industry Looks to Plant DNA to Solve Scrap Metal Theft

Autobody News - Industry Looks to Plant DNA to Solve Scrap Metal Theft | Electronics | Scoop.it
Mitchell Miller, director of communications at Applied DNA Sciences � The thievery of aluminum, copper, and other scrap metals continues to haunt...
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“The burglars sliced through cables, torched the key hole on one side of the building, and then cut the pad locks on the containers where the scrap metal is kept.”


Scrap metal theft has become a serious problem for the automotive industry, which relies on the metal for use in production. The financial damage wrought by robbers often snowballs months after the theft, as scrap metal yards resort to costly surveillance systems to try and prevent future break-ins. But even with security cameras and complex locks, it’s not always easy to reliably link the criminal to the crime. That’s why many in the industry have turned to Applied DNA Sciences’ SigNature DNA technology. The unique plant DNA tags can be used to mark individual pieces of metal. These tags will catch on the hands and clothes of any burglar who touches them. The DNA can’t be washed off, and will remain there for weeks, ensuring that law enforcement can accurately pin the crime on the criminal. To learn more, visit our website: http://www.adnas.com/

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Hackers Sold Counterfeit Xbox One After Infiltrating Microsoft

Hackers Sold Counterfeit Xbox One After Infiltrating Microsoft | Electronics | Scoop.it
Hacking ring also accused of using MS employee data to break into corporation's Redmond office; Valve also hacked and Modern Warfare 3 stolen.
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There are no limits to how far a counterfeiter will go to make a profit, but in this case, things took a turn for the extreme. Two hackers have been convicted of orchestrating an elaborate scheme to steal the technical details of Microsoft’s Xbox One entertainment console before it was released, and actually managed to produce a counterfeit version from the plans they lifted.


The counterfeit console was then sold on eBay for over $20,000. But they didn’t stop there. After breaking into Microsoft’s computer system to steal the plans for the Xbox One, they stole Microsoft employee data, and sent it to two other unnamed individuals.


Those two used the employee data to physically break into Microsoft’s Redmond campus to steal three beta versions of the Xbox One. Applied DNA Sciences’ DNA-based technologies could have helped thwart those crimes.


With SigNature DNA protecting the identity of products, and Smoke Cloak DNA and DNANet stopping the burglars in their tracks, Microsoft could have prevented the estimated $100 million damages suffered in intellectual property and data. To learn more about counterfeiting, and Applied DNA Sciences’ groundbreaking technology, visit our website: http://www.adnas.com/

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Counterfeit electronics can be 'highly dangerous'

Counterfeit electronics can be 'highly dangerous' | Electronics | Scoop.it
Counterfeit electrical equipment can be tempting for budget-friendly post-secondary students heading back to school in the fall, but the dodgy purchases can pose a serious fire danger.
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"The counterfeiters will cut every corner possible."

 
Counterfeiters are in the business for one reason-- to make a quick buck--  safety is given zero consideration. When it comes to electronics counterfeiting, the potential for calamity skyrockets. In this piece from CBC News, journalists reveal how counterfeiters are faking the label of the CSA Group, a not-for-profit association that promotes safety. The fake labels offer an illusory promise of safety that does not exist. To learn more about counterfeiting, and Applied DNA Sciences' SigNature DNA anti-counterfeiting technology, please visit our website:http://www.adnas.com/
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Social Media and Counterfeiting, a Volatile Combination | ADNAS

Social Media and Counterfeiting, a Volatile Combination | ADNAS | Electronics | Scoop.it

By Eric Santiago, Social Media Marketing Assistant, Applied DNA Sciences


If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

That's just what Twitter user @KSakuraba learned last week after stumbling across a conveniently cheap pair of Oakley sunglasses on an ordinary-looking website. Brought there from a link posted by the @OakleyOfficial Twitter account, @KSakuraba discovered an impossibly good deal. The website promised 95 percent discounts on Oakley sunglasses, which typically retail for about $300.

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Counterfeit or Legit? 10 Tips to Help You Buy the Real Deal - ESFi :: Electrical Safety Foundation International

Counterfeit or Legit? 10 Tips to Help You Buy the Real Deal - ESFi :: Electrical Safety Foundation International | Electronics | Scoop.it
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Counterfeit electronics aren't always easy to spot. That's why the Electrical Safety Foundation International put together this handy infographic. It's 10 tips on how to avoid counterfeit electronics can save both consumers and producers from the dangers posed by counterfeit products. 

But tips and useful advice aren't always enough. Applied DNA Sciences' SigNature DNA anti-counterfeiting solution is the gold standard for companies and governments looking to defend against the disastrous risks posed from counterfeit electronics. Visit our website to learn more: http://www.adnas.com/
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Can you be electrocuted by your smartphone?

Can you be electrocuted by your smartphone? | Electronics | Scoop.it
Could your smartphone really give you a lethal electric shock?
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Can you be electrocuted by your smartphone? Not likely, according to experts interviewed by CNN. Regardless, that question became part of the media frenzy surrounding the death of 23-year-old Ma Ailun, who apparently died of electrocution while using her iPhone. Most phone chargers only have a supply of about 5 volts, not enough to severely harm someone, so it’s unlikely this could be the cause of death. However, reports have since confirmed that Ailun was using a third-party phone charger—not the one provided by Apple. In an earlier post on this blog, we highlighted the dangers posed by counterfeit phone chargers, which this particular charger may very well have been. To learn more about Applied DNA Sciences’ SigNature DNA anti-counterfeiting solution, please visit our website: http://www.adnas.com/

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The Dangers of Counterfeit Electronics and How to Avoid Them | TechJaws.com

The Dangers of Counterfeit Electronics and How to Avoid Them | TechJaws.com | Electronics | Scoop.it
It sounds like something out of a Hollywood blockbuster: A military fighter jet mechanic discovers a part on a plane that isn’t quite right. Upon further i
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From Viagra to computer chips, counterfeiting is on the rise and it's threatening businesses and governments around the world. But the problem is more complicated than just choosing between real and fake iPhones.


Counterfeiters are becoming more sophisticated every day, and the fakes aren’t always so easy to spot. Here, TechJaws.com aims to make the situation a little easier to understand with their guide on how to avoid counterfeit items.


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Daring Fireball: Ken Shirriff Takes Apart an iPad AC Adapter and a Cheap Counterfeit

Daring Fireball: Ken Shirriff Takes Apart an iPad AC Adapter and a Cheap Counterfeit | Electronics | Scoop.it
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You just know that fake consumer products like electronics are probably dangerous, right? But why exactly?  

In this tear-down, daringfireball.net dissects a simple iPhone charger, and finds gross lack of insulation and other obvious threats.

With electronics marked by Applied DNA Sciences' SigNature® DNA anti-counterfeit technology, households would be far safer from this increasingly everyday threat.  

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Why Is The Pentagon Finding Counterfeit Chinese Electronics In Critical Military Equipment?

Why Is The Pentagon Finding Counterfeit Chinese Electronics In Critical Military Equipment? | Electronics | Scoop.it
American military machines are endangered by phony components from China. No one has been hurt yet as a result, but solving the problem will be a herculean task. (What happens when the corporate agenda is in conflict with national security?
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Applied DNA Sciences technology provides a proven, practical, preventive step which is available now. It is a technology already required by the Defense Logistics Agency, a component of the US Department of Defense for certain categories of high reliability of electronic parts. 28 companies are already contracted to use the technology, and the number is growing.

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Counterfeit Chinese Microchips Are Getting So Good They Can't Be Identified

Counterfeit Chinese Microchips Are Getting So Good They Can't Be Identified | Electronics | Scoop.it
"This is where it gets a little bit scary."

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Unsealed lawsuit alleges military safety gear made with counterfeit ...

Unsealed lawsuit alleges military safety gear made with counterfeit ... | Electronics | Scoop.it
http://www.wfla.com/story/24063084/nasa-concerned-about-safety-gear-made-with-counterfeit-microchips-in-st-petersburg. ST. PETERSBURG, FL -. A secret whistleblower lawsuit, unsealed recently by a federal judge, sheds new light on ...
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A company in St. Petersburg Florida knowingly use counterfeit electronics and parts sold to NASA and Military Agencies. Hey whistleblowers revelations shed further light on this suit and documents recently revealed.

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SecuringIndustry.com - Fake Indian electronics market outpacing genuine products

SecuringIndustry.com - Fake Indian electronics market outpacing genuine products | Electronics | Scoop.it
The illicit market for counterfeit electronic goods is growing at double the rate than the genuine market in India.
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Developing nations are often where counterfeiting is most rampant, as is the case in India, where the counterfeit electronics market is growing faster than the legitimate market.


This is based on a statement from India’s telecom Minister, who spoke to India’s Economic Times and said: “"The present size of counterfeit products in India is five per cent of the overall market size and growing at a rate almost double of that of genuine products which is worth over Rs2,500 crore [$395m] and is likely to grow to Rs5,600 crore in next year."  


Electronics counterfeiting is one the most dangerous areas of counterfeiting. The faked products are not held to the safety standard as the legitimate products and can often be hazardous.


There are many stories on this blog, which explore that scenario.


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Lightning Cable Knock-Offs Are Getting Better at Being Fake

Lightning Cable Knock-Offs Are Getting Better at Being Fake | Electronics | Scoop.it
Lightning cables are a bit expensive at the Apple Store, so if you're looking elsewhere for cheaper options, be careful not to end up with knock-off cables.
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Counterfeit Apple iPhone charging cables are becoming increasingly difficult to spot, and it’s putting both businesses and consumers in danger. Keep in mind, it’s counterfeit components like charging cables that are responsible for some of the worst smartphone accidents. This breakdown from GottaBeMobile.com shows how you can tell the difference between a legitimate and counterfeit cable. To learn more about counterfeiting, and how Applied DNA Sciences' SigNature DNA anti-counterfeiting technology is combating criminals across the globe, please visit our website: http://www.adnas.com

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Woman hospitalised as fake iPhone charger explodes

Woman hospitalised as fake iPhone charger explodes | Electronics | Scoop.it
A fake iPhone charger exploded while a woman was on the phone, hospitalising a south London woman, as the fire brigade warns about buying dodgy electronics.
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A woman in London has been hospitalized after her counterfeit phone charger exploded while she was using it. Cases like this are all too frequent, reinforcing the danger posed by counterfeit electronics. Counterfeit goods aren't held to the same safety standard as legitimate goods, creating the potential for calamity. Applied DNA Sciences' SigNature DNA anti-counterfeiting technology can protect consumers and businesses alike from the dangers posed by counterfeit electronics. Please visit our website to learn more: http://www.adnas.com/

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Beats' Battle With Counterfeiters Reveals a Mercurial Black Market

Beats' Battle With Counterfeiters Reveals a Mercurial Black Market | Electronics | Scoop.it

Last week, Beats Electronics obtained a restraining order against several copyright and trademark infringing websites alleged to sell counterfeit headphones

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Where there’s success, cheap imitations are sure to follow.


Beats Electronics, which produces the popular Beats series of premium headphones, has obtained a restraining order against a group of websites that are selling counterfeits of Beats’ headphones, according to Billboard.com.


This isn’t the first time Beats has taken legal action against counterfeiters. Since 2013, Beats has managed to claim the domain names of over 3, 000 websites through a series of lawsuits.


In the latest lawsuit, Beats is seeking all profits from the sale of the counterfeits, as well as $2 million for each use of the Beats trademarks and $100, 000 for each infringing domain.


Cases like these underscore the tenacity with which some companies are fighting counterfeiters, and there’s a revolutionary new weapon that will give them an edge. Applied DNA Sciences’ SigNature DNA anti-counterfeiting solution offers the traceability and reliability needed to protect against counterfeits. Visit our website to learn more: http://www.adnas.com/

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Girl’s Galaxy S4 Smartphone Burns Under Her Pillow as She Sleeps

Girl’s Galaxy S4 Smartphone Burns Under Her Pillow as She Sleeps | Electronics | Scoop.it
For one young Samsung smartphone owner, however, that habit almost turned heated.  Last week, a 13-year-old North Texas girl plugged her Samsung Galaxy S4 in for its nightly juice-up before hitting the sack, only to be awoken by the smell of something burning hours later. He told FOX that he suspects that the phone overheated, causing the battery to swell and start a fire. The other issue, according to Samsung, was that the phone was being smothered by a pillow, restricting airflow while charging. Despite these miscues by the young Galaxy owner, Samsung told FOX and Yahoo Tech that the company will replace the phone, the pillow, and the mattress involved in the accident.
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A good night’s rest shouldn’t be accompanied by the stench of charred electronics and scorched fabric, but that’s just what one 13-year-old Texas girl faced after leaving her phone charging under her pillow.


The phone in question, a Samsung Galaxy, appears to have overheated while the girl slept, destroying itself in the process. It has been reported to be using an aftermarket replacement battery, which a Samsung representative believes could have helped cause the problem.


Replacement batteries like these are often found to be counterfeits, and just like this case the results are often disastrous. In a similar case explored on this blog, complications from counterfeit smartphone electronics were implicated in the death of woman in China. The threat posed by counterfeit electronics is a very tangible one.


Consumer electronics marked with Applied DNA Sciences' SigNature DNA would go a long way to making sure incidents like this don’t happen again. See our website for more detail: www.adnas.com

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The Dangers of Counterfeit Electronics

The Dangers of Counterfeit Electronics | Electronics | Scoop.it
Most people don't think twice when they use a hair dryer after a shower or plug in a printer into a new power strip. But buyers beware of many counterfeit products available that are hazardous to consumers. Find out how to spot them and avoid purchasing them.
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Readers of this blog know that the dangers posed by counterfeit electronics extend far beyond lost revenue. From violently defective phone chargers to exploding airbags, the hazards are everywhere.

In this breakdown, RestorationLouisville.com aims to make the situation a little easier to understand, along with providing useful tips on how to avoid counterfeit products.  

For example, did you know that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Gallup Consulting found that 64 percent of counterfeit products in the United States are purchased from legitimate shops and retailers? 

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EBN - Logical Link - Metal Pricing Impacts Theft Risk

EBN - Logical Link - Metal Pricing Impacts Theft Risk | Electronics | Scoop.it
Thieves are targeting metal as a potentially lucrative score.
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Counterfeit electronics are making headlines everyday (for good reason) but the theft and subsequent sale of the raw materials going into those products is just as dangerous.


Here, Ebnonline.com sheds light on the alarming rise in copper theft and its implications. But there is a solution to this jump in crime.


Used to protect power stations and railways in Sweden and the U.K., Applied DNA Science's DNANet platform has proven to help cut down on metal and copper theft. Visit our website to learn more: http://www.adnas.com/

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An iPhone for £75? That really is too good to be true

An iPhone for £75? That really is too good to be true | Electronics | Scoop.it
Shenzhen is the hi-tech manufacturing hub making one quarter of the world's smartphones - but also millions of fakes
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A few miles from the famous Chinese manufacturer Foxconn's iPhone-producing factories is Shenzhen, China's foremost manufacturing hub. But the city also has a darker reputation. The Guardian's Charles Arthur dove into the city to discover that its citizens are largely using knock-off products, despite working in the factories that produce the real ones. 

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The Supply Chain - the Silent Threat - IsraelDefense

The Supply Chain - the Silent Threat - IsraelDefense | Electronics | Scoop.it

The Supply Chain - the Silent Threat [IsraelDefense] For example, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) found, in 2011, that the US military had acquired thousands of counterfeit electronic components from an American contractor.

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This piece, by Ram Levi, a technologist at Tel Aviv University, is a must read for anyone who understands the urgency of addressing counterfeits in the supply chain. In fact, Levi's underlying message is that counterfeiting cannot be extracted from the entire range of threats to the supply chain including cyber attack, physical, and intelligence; all are interrelated.


Among things to think about:


– 70% of all services in today's world are intermediate (semi-finished) parts. This makes the supply-chain much more complex and almost impossible to defend at a single perimeter point.


– Modified hardware components were recently inserted into to spy satellites the French intend to sell to the UAE in coming years.


– Until now we have focused mainly on the threat of "degraded functionality" posed by counterfeits. Levi stresses a second: "modified functionality," such as components in the French satellites. A less neutral term, we believe, would be "sabotage."


– "Israeli defense industries have voiced, in utmost discretion, their apprehension of counterfeit electronic components. "


All this serves to underline the point recently made by Robert Metzger, that counterfeiting is part of a much larger and urgent problem, and that government regulation of the electronics industry, like those found in Section 818 and coming DFARs and FARS rules, is not going away.

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Counterfeiting : Documentary on the Business of Counterfeits and Knock-Offs

Counterfeiting : Documentary on the Business of Counterfeits and Knock-Offs . 2013 This documentary as well as the rest of these documentaries shown here rel...

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According to the International Chamber of Commerce, the impacts of counterfeiting globally by 2015 will skyrocket to $1.5 trillion. This astounding number indicates not opportunistic criminal activity, but a fully articulated, well-resourced supply chain and delivery system for illicit goods. These goods include counterfeit electronics, counterfeit textiles, and fake medicines, all with deadly consequences.



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Counterfeit Electronics Flood National Market

ABC's Brandi Hitt reports in Los Angeles for World News Now. *More: http://WNNfans.com.
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