Feeds

China and US trade blows over Lenovo

'Security risk' a Red herring

The next step in data security

China's Ministry of Commerce has complained that the US decision to chuck out Lenovo computers because of alleged "security risks" was entirely unfair and smacks of Cold War posturing.

Earlier this month, the US State Department said Lenovo PCs should be removed from any secure network because of fears they contained tiny Chinese spies sending information back to Beijing. The Department bought 16,000 Lenovo PCs earlier this year.

Lenovo said all the machines in question were made in plants in North Carolina and Mexico as a result of the takeover of IBM's PC business in 2005. The company also made clear it does not install "backdoors" or surveillance tools in its machines. [Well they would say that, wouldn't they]

A spokesman for the ministry said the decision was discriminatory and: "It embodies a Cold War mentality and is arbitarily invoking national security as a reason. This decision is unwise. It is an obstacle that violates fair competition and the principles of free trade."

More from AFX here.

The touching fear of "Reds under the bed" would be more realistic if it was possible to buy any computer which does not contain Chinese components. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't
Silicon Valley's veteran seadog in piratical Putin impression
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.