This fascinating and somewhat salacious article intends to pose a dilemma regarding American electronics equipment, specifically disc drives. However, disc drives are not made in America. They are mostly made in China, Thailand, and other parts of Asia. Of course, two of the biggest disc manufacturers are headquartered America, Western Digital and Seagate. However, the vast majority of their workforces are foreign.
The implication is that others may have made modifications to the disc drive firmware, too. At this level, you can do almost anything to a machine, even have a hypervisor that runs the native OS as a client. With that level of malware, one could monitor everything without the OS or the user knowing. Pretty slick. Once criminals understand how to use this exploit, the sky is the limit.