Washington State Spends Nearly $9 million on Restricted Chinese Technology

Just this month, two members of the House Homeland Security Committee continued the warnings over specific security and privacy threats posed by emerging Chinese tech companies. And now research shows the State of Washington is has emerged as a new risk center with neary $9 million spent on restricted Chinese government-owned technology, including risky purchases by the Washington State Legislature and Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. We are still seeing one of the largest threats come from state governments continuing to purchase U.S. military-restricted equipment. This includes buying products from Lenovo and Lexmark, Chinese-owned companies that have been restricted by multiple military and intelligence agencies in the U.S. and around the globe because of security deficiencies. Through a… Read More

Calling on Sen. Schumer’s Leadership To Help Halt Government Purchases from Chinese State-Owned IT Forms

Following Senator Schumer’s recent announcements about next-generation semiconductor research initiatives coming to Albany, China Tech Threat today issued a letter to Sen. Schumer requesting his support in determining what guardrails exist to prevent government purchases from Chinese state-owned manufacturers, particularly in New York State as the home to the world’s financial markets.  The letter by China Tech Threat Co-Founder Dr. Roslyn Layton cites New York’s State’s purchase of more than $28 million in technology products and services by Chinese state-owned tech manufacturers Lenovo and Lexmark, which have ownership ties to the Chinese government and Chinese Communist Party. It was issued as New York plans to allocate $23.5 billion in federal American Rescue Plan funding, much of which will be used… Read More

Georgia’s State Spending is at the center of the US-China Tech Conflict

Last week, The Washington Post reported that President Biden’s second big bill may be a China package to to counter China’s rising global power and proposes funding aimed at bolstering U.S. manufacturing and supply chains, among other measures. As China Tech Threat digs deeper into the ways in which China’s malign actions harm U.S. consumers, we support this effort.  We are still seeing one of the largest threats come from state governments continuing to purchase U.S. military-restricted equipment. This includes buying products from Lenovo, a Chinese-owned company that has been restricted by multiple military and intelligence agencies in the U.S. and around the globe because of security deficiencies. Through a FOIA request, we found that Georgia has spent over $1… Read More

Kansas State Spending is Harming Kansans Far and Wide

This week China Tech Threat is set to launch our new report: High Tech Heist: Chinese Government IT Vendors And The Threat To U.S. Banks. Through this report we show that, despite major investment by US banks in cybersecurity and significant federal policy efforts, attacks on US banks are increasing frequency, severity, and sophistication. In order to address these issues we must look within the US to see where our weaknesses lie. As we have previously notated, one of the largest threats comes from state governments continuing to purchase U.S. military-restricted equipment. This includes buying products from Lenovo, a Chinese-owned company that has been restricted by multiple military and intelligence agencies in the U.S. and around the globe because of… Read More

New Hampshire Spends Over $1 million on Restricted Chinese-Owned Products

This weekend, President Joe Biden expressed that his administration is ready for “extreme competition” with China. This is a welcomed approach as China Tech Threat continues to report on the danger of Chinese cyber threats to the US.  One of the largest threats comes from state governments continuing to purchase U.S. military-restricted equipment. This includes buying products from Lenovo, a Chinese-owned company that has been restricted by multiple military and intelligence agencies in the U.S. and around the globe because of security deficiencies. Through a FOIA request, we found that New Hampshire has spent almost $1 million on Lenovo products and $8,000 on Lexmark products, in recent years giving the Chinese government having access and control over all data on… Read More

Nebraska Spending on Chinese-Owned Tech Puts Citizen Data At Risk

As conversations around the way the new administration will tackle cybersecurity threats from China continue to evolve, two things are clear: concrete action is necessary, and it must be taken sooner rather than later. As China Tech Threat works to report on the danger of Chinese cyber threats to the US, we are once again finding that many state governments continue to put themselves in harm’s way.   One of the largest threats comes from state governments continuing to purchase U.S. military-restricted equipment. This includes buying products from Lenovo, a Chinese-owned company that has been banned by multiple military and intelligence agencies in the U.S. and around the globe because of security deficiencies. Through a FOIA request, we found that Nebraska… Read More

Utah’s Data at Risk from China-owned Products Purchased by State

As the U.S. settles into a new president and congress, the threat that China poses to the U.S. has never been clearer. At his confirmation hearing this week, Anthony Blinken, President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State said, “As we look at China there is no doubt that it poses the most significant challenge of any nation state to the United States in terms of our interests, the interests of the American people.” Blinken also emphasized the need for the U.S. government to act in order repair some of its “own self-inflicted weaknesses” against China. China Tech Threat has shown that the one of these weaknesses comes from state governments continuing to purchase U.S. military-restricted equipment. This includes buying products… Read More

Idaho’s Data at Risk from China-owned Products Purchased by State

China Tech Threat continues to report on how Chinese technology is harming consumers across the US. One of the largest threat comes from state governments continuing to purchase U.S. military-banned equipment. This includes buying products from Lenovo, a Chinese-owned company that has been banned by multiple military and intelligence agencies in the U.S. and around the globe because of security deficiencies. Now, as China Tech Threat continues to dig deeper into the real and present threat Lenovo products present, we have discovered that the state of Idaho has made substantial purchases and is potentially exposing its residents to great risk. Through a FOIA request, we found that Idaho has spent a total of over $4 million on Lenovo products in… Read More

North Dakota’s Data at Risk from China-owned Products Purchased by State

As part of our ongoing FOIA project to unveil taxpayer funds being used to purchase Chinese government-owned products at the state level, China Tech Threat has analyzed the State of North Dakota. The analysis found that it has spent over $26,000 on Lenovo products in recent years, despite the Chinese government having access and control over all data on their products. Read our full North Dakota FOIA report here: North Dakota The City of Fargo Government which is responsible for a range of civic institutions including the city’s public health system, has spent at least $17,000.00 on Lenovo equipment. In doing so, it has put both Fargo’s residents, and the people of North Dakota, at risk. Both state and federal… Read More

Nevada’s Data at Risk from CCP-owned Products Purchased by State

Following our FOIA reports on states such as Colorado using taxpayer fuds to purchase Chinese government-owned products, we have now discovered that the state of Nevada has also made substantial purchases of U.S. military-banned equipment. Through a FOIA request, we found that Nevada has spent a total of $862,849.26 on Lenovo products in recent years, despite the Chinese government having access and control over all data on their products. Read our full Nevada FOIA report here: Nevada The Nevada government agencies that have purchased Lenovo’s banned equipment handle massive divisions of the state government that deal with a variety of services. The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS), which provides support and… Read More