Report Warns of Tech Threats From ‘Other’ Chinese Companies

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While the federal government has cracked down on the use of Chinese-owned companies at the federal level in recent years over espionage and data safety concerns, at least 43 states hold important IT contracts with other Chinese-owned companies and could be at risk, according to a report released Monday.

The report, published by, focuses predominantly on more than three dozen large tech contracts and purchase agreements with states held by Chinese-owned companies Lexmark and Lenovo, whose products are listed in the National Vulnerability Database. While products from those companies aren’t used by U.S. military, intelligence or federal agencies, the report suggests they’re being used by states, which could open their IT systems to attacks, data theft and other vulnerabilities.

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