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July 30, 2013
American, Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand intelligence and defense services, which included GCHQ, MI5, MI6, the Australian Security Intelligence Organization, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service and the NSA, have banned China’s Lenovo Group Limited from supplying them equipment.
Security consultant, Wang Wei, writing on thehackernews.com, says intensive laboratory testing revealed serious backdoor hardware and firmware vulnerabilities which could allow attackers to remotely access Lenovo devices without their users’ knowledge. According to IT security analyst James Turner, hardware backdoors are extremely hard to detect if they are well designed. For this reason, in 2006, the U.S. State Department decided not to use 16,000 new Lenovo computers on classified networks.
Lenovo, which is headquartered in Beijing, acquired IBM’s personal computer business in 2005. However, IBM continues to sell servers and mainframes that are accredited for secret and top-secret networks.
Huawei Technologies, a networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Shenzhen, China, is having its cybersecurity practices reviewed by the British government after an Intelligence and Security Committee report said Huawei could pose a significant threat to the UK’s telecommunications industry if it were left to police itself.
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Posted by Dan Rampe
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