In their rush to declare moral superiority over the US, European policymakers disregarded the existential threats to privacy by network hardware manufacturers Huawei, ZTE, and Lenovo.
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Lenovo is partially owned by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. This seeming ‘academic’ entity is actually a finance and investment arm of the Chinese government …
New provisions made to China’s Cybersecurity Law last November gives state agencies the legal authority to remotely conduct penetration testing on any internet-related business operating in China, and even copy and later share any data government officials find on inspected systems.
Many of China’s global tech leaders, such as Huawei, Lenovo and ZTE, while privately run on paper and publicly traded, are partially owned, directly supported and tasked by the Communist government.
The U.S. intelligence community has long believed that Huawei is susceptible to the control of Chinese intelligence services.
“The Japanese ban will cover purchases of personal computers, servers and telecommunications equipment by the government and Self-Defense Forces over concerns that viruses embedded in the equipment could cause systems to fail or could leak sensitive information, including military operations, to China…”
‘Lenovo computers … have been shown by the Department of Homeland Security to contain software, dating back to 2010, that permits remote hacking attacks,’ [U.S. Rep. Bob] Goodlatte said.
‘Huawei and ZTE devices may pose an unacceptable risk to the department’s personnel, information and mission,’ a Pentagon spokesperson said…
Lenovo has been linked to Chinese state-led cyberespionage efforts.
Top officials from the CIA, NSA, FBI and the Defense Intelligence Agency testified …that the Chinese smartphone makers posed a security threat to American customers.