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#1 justindaniels

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Posted 16 June 2018 - 05:11 PM

I have just ordered on eBay a replacement refurbished CPU and RAM for my old laptop. Both parts are coming from China, so I wondered if anything bad might have been done to them as a spy attempt? Is this something to worry about?



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#2 mikey11

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Posted 16 June 2018 - 05:48 PM

depends what they mean by the work "refurbished",

 

personally i wouldn't trust anything used from china....however you are pretty safe with ebay, f it doesn't work you can get your money back



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Posted 16 June 2018 - 07:23 PM

What I am more concerned about is this: can they hide something in the CPU or memory that can capture my data and send it to them when I connect to the Internet?



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Posted 16 June 2018 - 07:30 PM

Of course they could, in theory.   You have to ask yourself, why would they?   Are you somehow a high-value target?  Do they even know who you are?

 

People who are skilled professional thieves, whether it be for data or anything else, carefully choose their targets to their own maximum advantage.  Only rank amateurs ever attempt to pick at random and hope they're going to hit a goldmine.

 

Also, where do you think the vast majority of new semiconductors of all types come from? . . .


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Posted 16 June 2018 - 08:45 PM

I guess I just was being a little over-cautious, because in the past I got some software developed in China, that seemed suspicious and used a lot of network activity. So, hopefully, it's safe.



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Posted 05 July 2018 - 08:28 AM

Just an update. The CPU and RAM have been installed, and everything seems to work fine. (After installing the CPU, I found 2 viruses shortly after, but this could be totally not related to this.)






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