Even Small Purchases Create Data Security Risks for Rhode Island

Last month, Microsoft warned that Chinese state-sponsored hackers infiltrated critical U.S. government and communications infrastructure with the goal of gathering information. Similar threats are posed by restricted Chinese technology purchased by many U.S. states, including Rhode Island, making its data and infrastructure vulnerable to Chinese infiltration. China Tech Threat’s (CTT) recent research shows between 2022 and 2023, Rhode Island spent $1,451 on Lenovo technology for use in its Department of Human Services. Though minimal, the purchase and use of this risky technology puts key state and resident data at risk of surveillance and theft by the People’s Republic of China. Lenovo has been banned from U.S. military and national security networks due to its connection to Beijing; yet, many states… Read More