Just starting to form in my mind, so this is a little raw. There's been a lot of talk about "smart materials" for both the construction and clothing business. There's also been the discussion of the inclusion of processors within those materials. Now, "smart materials" run the gamut from xenomaterials, transmetals, eletrophoretic cloths, and we have some available currently in the form of temperpedic, and other smart foams (or memory foams) and memory cloth, metals and plastics. Then there's also the inclusion of RFI tags into everything. Mix all this together and in the future you could get products that perform wonderfully, until either their preprogrammed life ends or (and this is where I think the story would be lurking) if you ran afoul of the company or the government. At that point a signal would be sent and the product would break, fail, or even just evaporate into component fibers/dust.
Now, add in hacking source codes. A dangerous future indeed.