Chinese Electronics Carry Steep Risks For Contractors

Law360, New York (October 18, 2012, 7:46 PM EDT) -- An ongoing congressional crackdown on Chinese electronic parts in U.S. defense and infrastructure systems has left government contractors stuck between a rock and a hard place: pressured to deliver cheap, commercially available technology on the one hand, and threatened with liability for cyberrisks on the other.

The most recent congressional salvo was fired last week in a report from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that highlighted the risks of espionage and sabotage posed by unvetted Chinese parts that enter contractors' supply chains.

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