I know I would be glad to rat out the counterfeiters because I don't want counterfeit chips in my gadgets. If they were to ask me I would give them the information on where I got the gadget so FTDI could either help the manufacturer fix their supply chain, or follow it to the actual culprit.
Punishing the end user is passive aggressive. They know their gadget is broken, but not why it is broken. Frankly I hope they become the subject of a class action. They have no right to destroy hardware.