Samsung is the latest SSD vendor to be caught with its hand in the cookie jar. A Chinese YouTuber is claiming Samsung has swapped components on its 970 Evo Plus SSD, one of the best SSDs on the market right now.
It's not that component swapping wasn't a thing prior to the pandemic. With the global semiconductor shortage, it just became a more common practice now. SSD vendors, including Adata, Patriot, Crucial and Western Digital have switched parts from some of their drives.