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Imported Gadgets May Contain Harmful Software

Foreign software and hardware can come loaded with malicious code.According to PC Magazine, an official from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security stated that foreign technological components – often included in various U.S. electronic items – have been corrupted with harmful software on numerous occasions.

The White House addressed the issue in 2009 during that year's Cyberspace Policy Review. The document, authored by high-level officials in the administration of President Barack Obama, concluded that at the time, the government lacked the resources to effectively respond to problems of cyber-security.

During a Homeland Security hearing on July 7 regarding concerns over malicious imported technology, acting deputy undersecretary Greg Schaffer of the agency's National Protection and Programs Directorate called the issue "one of the most complicated and difficult challenges that we have."

Schaffer went on to confirm the administration's dedication to dealing with corrupted technology on both a short- and long-term basis. The acting undersecretary stated that the government was liaising and maintaining dialogue with private-sector companies affected by the issue.

According to the White House, cyber-security has been a major concern since the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Corrupted technology could be used to compromise consumers' private information and compromise their finances, confirmed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

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