Another victory for the “free trade uber alles” crowd.
Now, as someone who used to work in the networking industry, here’s a little possibility that should make one’s blood run cold:
All those network interface and other low-margin chips that are now fab’ed in China... and designed into networking gear, PC’s and other devices on our networks: how do you know that the only thing on those chips is (eg) an Ethernet interface? How do you know that there isn’t something more?
I’m in the business myself.....and to address your statement/question: You and others assume that no one seems to care about QC; that product isn’t analyzed, inspected, checked out, shaken out, etc. to the nth degree before dissemination.
The Chinese aren’t supermen, #1, and #2, the finest minds on the planet in the semiconductor industry are in American companies. We’re the OPEC of information technology, and the world full-well knows it. If the Chicomms were to attempt a cyber attack on this country, there are FAR more effective ways to approach it than inserting cutesy “time bombs” into silicon. That’s nonsense.