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Spy agencies ban Lenovo PCs on security grounds

Spy agencies ban Lenovo PCs on security grounds

Since acquiring IBM’s PC division, Lenovo has traded top spots with HP in terms of global market share, however their computers have been banned from the “secret” and ‘‘top secret” ­networks of the intelligence and defence services of Australia, the US, Britain, Canada, and New Zealand due to security concerns. Photo: BloombergComputers manufactured by the world’s biggest personal computer maker, Lenovo, have been banned from the “secret” and ‘‘top secret” ­networks of the intelligence and defence services of Australia, the US, Britain, Canada, and New Zealand, because of concerns they are vulnerable to being hacked.Multiple intelligence and defence sources in Britain and Australia confirmed there is a written ban on computers made by the Chinese company being used in “classified” networks.The ban was introduced in the mid-2000s after intensive laboratory testing of its equipment allegedly documented “back-door” hardware and “firmware” vulnerabilities in Lenovo chips. A Department of Defence spokesman confirmed Lenovo ­products have never been accredited for Australia’s secret or top secret ­networks.The classified ban highlights concerns about security threats posed by “malicious circuits” and insecure firmware in chips produced in China by companies with close government ties. Firmware is the interface be­tween a computer’s hardware and its operating system.

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29 Jul
Oli Studholme @boblet
RT @m8urnett: Intel agencies find backdoors in #Lenovo products, keep this fact "highly classified" http://t.co/Fy5fjtTHlv Thanks guys
28 Jul
William D. Napier @williamdnapier
RT @micahflee: Spy agencies ban Lenovo PCs (ThinkPads) because of hardware backdoors http://t.co/MVQwgRnwZ4
27 Jul
Eghosa Omoigui @EghosaO
Spy agencies ban Lenovo PCs on security grounds http://t.co/920TsfvNNW from the 'Everybody Is Spying On Everybody So Don't Play Coy' files
26 Jul
Steve Klabnik @steveklabnik
Not a great article to see come across my Thinkpad screen: http://t.co/tmBUlQw6mT
26 Jul
Hacker News 20 @newsyc20
Spy agencies ban Lenovo PCs on security grounds http://t.co/Z0HejWZu8M (http://t.co/BqwMOfavTc)