In the spring of 2008, we published a Brandjacking Index that detailed how we found suspected counterfeit aircraft parts online. At that time, we noticed “24 spare parts vendors for different sources outside normal distribution channels.” We noted, too, that there were many suppliers promoting parts for both military and commercial aircraft. As a result, we added US government contacts to our pre-announcement briefings program.
Three years later, we are concerned to see reports that counterfeit parts have been found in military aircraft, including aircraft used by our troops in Afghanistan. While the source of the counterfeit parts is not detailed in the reports, the variety of spare parts that we saw online three years and this recent story serve as an important reminder that vigilance in protecting supply chains must extend to the Internet.