A fascinating article in the San Jose Mercury News discusses the recent expansion of public-private partnerships in the growing effort to combat cyber threats from foreign governments and criminals. These partnerships occur through formal agreements between major corporations and government-backed organizations, such as law enforcement, the military or research institutions. The agreements usually involve sharing of intelligence between the government and corporate representatives, as well as participation in threat reporting programs and security exercises. In some cases, the partnerships relate directly to research and development regarding ways to mitigate security threats.
Confidential Cisco Law Enforcement IP Networks Presentation, December 3, 2007.
US-CERT is aware of recent open source reports regarding possible counterfeit Cisco routers. US-CERT originally reported this activity in April 2006. Please note that US-CERT is re-releasing that information in this report for situational awareness purposes due to the new open source reporting and to provide methods for determining if a router is counterfeit.