As Nvidia Holds Its Annual Meeting, One Shareholder Raises the National Security Risk of Serving the PRC

By Steve CoonenCalifornia-based artificial intelligence chipmaker Nvidia had its annual shareholder meeting on June 22. Owners of the company’s stock should have plenty to be thankful for. The explosion of investor interest in AI technologies since ChatGPT’s emergence in November of last year has caused Nvidia’s share price to climb 200% in 2023, leading it to become one of only seven trillion-dollar companies by market capitalization. But there is a darker side to Nvidia’s growth that even the Biden Administration is now recognizing: its sales to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) which undermine American national security.On June 27 the Wall Street Journal reported that the Department of Commerce is considering new restrictions on exports of AI chips… Read More

Dangerous Chinese Technology Makes Ohio’s Data Vulnerable to PRC Infiltration

On May 24 Microsoft warned that China-sponsored hackers gained access to critical cyber infrastructure in U.S. government and communications organizations. Similar threats are posed by restricted Chinese technology purchased by many U.S. states, including Ohio which spent more than $200,000 dollars on dangerous PRC technology, making its data and infrastructure vulnerable to Chinese surveillance. According to China Tech Threat’s (CTT) fact sheet, between 2016 and 2022, Ohio spent $240,194 on dangerous technology from Lexmark and Lenovo, manufacturers already restricted by U.S. military and intelligence agencies due to their connections to the Chinese government and military. This technology was purchased by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, making sensitive state… Read More

Alabama is On The Right Track to Protect Data from the PRC

Alabama’s action to mitigate threats posed by the People’s Republic of China with Senate passage of  HB 379,  the Alabama Property Protection Act, is an encouraging sign the state is taking the threats seriously. Next Alabama should join the growing list of states passing laws to prohibit the purchase of dangerous Chinese technology.In a recent report, China Tech Threat revealed 40 U.S. state governments had entered into contracts to purchase millions of dollars’ worth of Lenovo and Lexmark products. These specific Chinese companies have been banned from U.S. military and national security networks due to their connections to the Chinese government and military. Yet they can access sensitive personal and financial information held by courts, police departments, election boards,… Read More

Legislation Banning Chinese Technology is Necessary to Protect Hawaiian Information

In late February, it was reported that China is likely behind the unidentified green lights that were seen in the skies over Hawaii. The concern and uncertainty this caused among Hawaiians is warranted and also a reminder that they need to be addressing state vulnerabilities as reports show the PRC is increasingly targeting states as tensions with Washington escalate. The fact that Hawaii spent $15,904,416 on Chinese government-owned technology manufacturers that have already been banned by U.S. military and intelligence agencies is a problem that has a solution.In a recent report, China Tech Threat discovered that the state of Hawaii spent $15,904,416 on restricted Chinese technology between 2015 and 2023. Our Hawaii fact sheet shows the Department of Human… Read More