It is reported that the Chinese have been putting ‘spy chips’ into electronic products made in China and there are concerns that this may put Western infrastructure and other systems at risk.
Remember at the gates of Troy,
The Greeks had come up with a ploy,
To trick the Trojans, like you do,
With something too good to be true.
They left outside a wooden horse,
The Trojan’s wanted it, of course,
And so they took the horse with glee,
Delighted it was also free.
They took it through their city walls,
Ignoring wiser people’s calls,
Who said that it must be a trick,
For anyone who wasn’t thick,
Would know that horses don’t come free,
And this was nice as nice could be.
The rest of this you ought to know:
The soldiers left the horse and so,
Attacked the Trojans in the night,
Which some might say just served them right,
For their greed and ignoring whence
The horse came – that’s not common sense.
Roll on now for a second take:
We all forgot this great mistake,
Back long ago when Troy did rue,
The day then too good to be true.
This time the ‘Greeks’ are farther east,
They make things and they charge the least,
With prices that are very low,
So that’s where we all want to go.
Our eyes light up, they are so cheap,
But what we sow we’ll later reap,
When we find out, or maybe not,
That there’s a Chinese Trojan plot.
For recently it’s come to light,
That Chinese chip assemblers might,
Have hidden spy chips in their goods,
Behaving, then, a bit like hoods.
This is quite frightening in a way,
For if there were a war today,
The Chinese might, with flick of mouse,
Control what goes on in your house.
And not just that but other things,
Like grids which phones and power bring;
These could be shut down in a flash,
And all our self-drive cars might crash.
So with this problem, what to do?
It’s over to GCHQ,
For they and their friends MI6,
Will also have their bags of tricks,
So there can be robust defence,
In present, past or future tense.
But if they can’t, how to react,
If hacking does become a fact?
Well, if we don’t all want to die,
We have no choice but to rely,
Though I don’t want to worry you,
On English, J and Doctor Who!