How real is the threat of Chinese factories putting tracking devices, and various other intelligence collection tools within basic military items?

How real is the threat of Chinese factories putting tracking devices, and various other intelligence collection tools within basic military items? Are there any historical examples of this happening to a military?

>“There is a fear that tracking devices or a GPS transmitter could be embedded in the cap badges,” a senior UK defence official said.

>“The result is a delay in the introduction of the cap badges as the UK does not have the capacity to manufacture them as quickly or as cheaply,” the official added

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >yeah
    https://arstechnica.com/security/2024/01/chinese-malware-removed-from-soho-routers-after-fbi-issues-covert-commands/

    That's why NDAA and TAA compliance exists for procurement, both in the private and public sectors.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Those weren't routers with devices built in, those were old routers with known security vulnerabilities that users weren't patching. It has literally nothing to do with the OP, the story in OP or the question OP posed.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    100% They put them in surge protectors, and usb hubs, among other things.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Can't even cast your own badges
    Grim

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      it's probably gone to a public bid and the lowest bider got the lowest bid because he's subcontracting to china
      You could have them cast in the UK or the rest of Europe but it would cost more and/or take more time

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        How many more incidents like this need to happen before the west realises it's just more sensible to make your own shit than entrust a hostile nation on the other side of the globe to do it?

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Neoliberalism is a degenerative brain disease. It will never get better until there is a purge of the leadership caste.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I suspect politicians will start taking this seriously when they one day realize they just bombed the factories (that is now in a openly hostile nation) producing the majority of electronic components needed for our infrastructure, military and commercial appliances.
          I wouldn't hold my breath on anyone with the capability to cause any change in this caring until then.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The MI6 move they should have done was bought them, then gone around Taipei sticking them with glue to the underside of local cars and on top of residential buildings

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why has no one asked for source? Bot thread?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Too lazy and too moronic to look it up himself
      >calls every other poster a bot

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Literal llamatard

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If they can put them in something as simple as a fricking badge they can shove them in a lot of other shit you'd never even think to check. Sew it into the seam of any kind of clothing or even bags and luggage.
    A lot of this conspiracy shit is stupid as all frick if you even take the premise seriously.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Apparently the MoD takes it very seriously.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      If you've every actually read about the shit governments have declassified you'd know they're up to even more crazy shit today

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Theres only one question, how do you power it?

      Airtags get away with it by not actually being gps trackers but connecting to nearby apple devices to find and send its location, its basically just a bluetooth tag

      Something fit inside a badge would last a few months, which isnt even enough to be delivered to someone

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Air tags still need power, then.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Stopped being conspiracy theories and became good fricking sense after China got caught adding keylogging chips the size of the tip of a pencil to exported MOBOs

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Ordering Crests from Aliexpress
    Why even bother with the delay, you clearly already lost

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Doesn't it seem silly for your objects of national pride to be made overseas. Imagine if France imported all of its butter from Argentina.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >According to media reports, US-listed defense services company Leidos won the contract to supply the UK military with the new badges, and then subcontracted it to Yorkshire-based Wyedean Weaving, which sources some of its manufacturing capacity from factories in China.
    Its for a small batch to replace the QRH badges.
    The main manufacturer of badges is in Birmingham, by Smith & Sons, and Stanley & Sons of Wallsall

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      So if I'm reading this correctly
      >Brits hire Americans to hire Brits to hire the Chinese

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Bongs are literal joke in all fields these days, aren't they?
    The queen died and the nation starts disintegrating at record rate. Sad.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Hype beast on point

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    There's a chinkshill spammer on PrepHole, it posts shit like this all the time. The screenshots of article titles are all always a piss yellow color for some reason

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >piss yellow color for some reason
      That's how the Financial Times website is displayed, moron.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >You don't consume the goyslop I consume? Wow, like, touch grass chud
        have a nice day

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >you are not moronic like me?
          >I better insult you to save face!
          have a nice day, but your dumb ass will frick it up. Therefore I will take charge.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >makes moronic statement
          >gets shown that he's moronic
          >seethes
          I think you're a homosexual. Wherever one attacked one of these prophets, one's hands seized slimy jelly; it slipped through one's fingers only to collect again in the next moment.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Thats what they get for not producing anything themselves

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    We have tool control procedures in place for a very good reason.

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Are there any historical examples of this happening to a military?

    It happend to the white house

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Utterly moronic. What a joke. Not that I'm against self-sufficiency in military procurement down to the last crumb, but this is a joke of an excuse. If they want their version of the BAA they can just say so instead of acting like as if they got a lobotomy that day. But far more likely, the elections are coming up and this is just a desperate attempt to get some votes. We can expect more harebrained signalling in the coming weeks.

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    For a while some dimwits in the DoD would use Chinese made card readers from Amazon as a stop gap for their CACs when the ID readers in their computers broke. There was also the recent free smart watches they were sending to random troops and bases. Wouldn't be surprised if they start integrating some stuff in the dumb ass "smart, but needs WiFi" garbage from Temu.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2023/06/26/ncis-dont-turn-on-that-smartwatch-you-randomly-received-in-the-mail/
      In case some random gay can't fricking into google, I'll spoon feed you.

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    This is the most pathetic thing I've ever read. I really don't think the Bongs can sink any lower than this.

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