US State Department spreading FUD about Lenovo

With the latest fears of China becoming the next superpower, and politicians are scurrying away to lock down anything in government, it’s a wonder how immigrant Chinese haven’t been sent to detention camps yet. The latest has been the geniuses behind the Department of State, banning any use of Lenovo computers in secure government networks because they’re afraid that Lenovo will put “spy chips” in to do espionage.
Talk about unjustified paranoia. Let’s put it into terms we can all understand. Lenovo isn’t a Chinese government backed corporation. Lenovo also has American citizens working for them, in the headquarters which is American based (Raleigh, NC). IBM still owns 13% of the shares. So quit with the conspiracy theories and get some real work done. Like securing the missle defense shield that is supposedly a “secure network” but uses 20 year old policies?
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  • It is not unreasonable to think that Chinese companies (even those out of HK like Lenovo) will do Beijingç—´ bidding. However, wouldn稚 it be really easy to discovery anything in the computers that allows tracking back? Or is the fear not so much that thereç—´ a software bug, but rather that there is a listening bug? If I knew more about the technical side I would be much better able to determine whether this is politically motivated or not. It certainly does seem to be.

  • It is not unreasonable to think that Chinese companies (even those out of HK like Lenovo) will do Beijingç—´ bidding. However, wouldn稚 it be really easy to discovery anything in the computers that allows tracking back? Or is the fear not so much that thereç—´ a software bug, but rather that there is a listening bug? If I knew more about the technical side I would be much better able to determine whether this is politically motivated or not. It certainly does seem to be.

  • That is a ridiculous theory that it could be state driven, and if so, then American citizens that are in charge in a American based headquarters would take not only severe heat, but also charged with treason.
    It’s ridiculous to even think it would be done. China wouldn’t take that type of chance when there is such a high level of media coverage. Espionage is high risk, but low-key.
    The chance of them putting a chip inside a multitude of computers on a mass-production scale is a ridiculous concept. You would more likely target specific computers in a covert situation.
    All in all, it’s politicians that don’t understand technologies and spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt. It’s not a technological impossibility, but as many IT individuals that actually open up those boxes, any unknown chipset would be identified very quickly which would defeat the purpose of such espionage.

  • darkmoon

    That is a ridiculous theory that it could be state driven, and if so, then American citizens that are in charge in a American based headquarters would take not only severe heat, but also charged with treason.
    It’s ridiculous to even think it would be done. China wouldn’t take that type of chance when there is such a high level of media coverage. Espionage is high risk, but low-key.
    The chance of them putting a chip inside a multitude of computers on a mass-production scale is a ridiculous concept. You would more likely target specific computers in a covert situation.
    All in all, it’s politicians that don’t understand technologies and spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt. It’s not a technological impossibility, but as many IT individuals that actually open up those boxes, any unknown chipset would be identified very quickly which would defeat the purpose of such espionage.