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U.S. Military Cautions Hardware from China could be Used for Cyber Espionage

Defense officials have said that Pentagon's staff of late warned that no agency should use equipments of the computer manufacturer Lenovo of China following alarms that Pentagon networks could be spied upon.

According to one latest internal report that J-2 intelligence directorate presented, cyber-security officers feel alarmed that handheld devices and computers of Lenovo are likely to add remotely-controlled tainted hardware to the supply chain of Defense Department, endangering it with cyber espionage. Pentagon uses the term 'supply chain' to mean its worldwide suppliers' network which disburses chief components in the manufacture of military systems and weapons. Yalibnan.com posted this, October 25, 2016.

Washington Free Beacon reports that some 27% stake in Lenovo Group Ltd. is with Chinese Academy of Science (CAS). In fact, during April, Zhou Zhixin space imagery specialist in CAS was invited for handling a senior position within the newly-created Strategic Support Force (SSF) of the Chinese military. SSF handles electronic warfare, cyber and space, the report indicates.

During the week of October 17, according to Courthouse News Service, pleading ignorance Lenovo had stated that the accusation on it regarding spyware being discovered on 4 PCs that the company manufactured as well as sold was baseless.

Actually, Lenovo in the past, understandably planted spyware onto clients' equipments, as the company was found thrice having malware that infected its vanilla equipments, the latest during September.

According to Pentagon official, Lenovo else any Chinese organization will in no way be allowed to do business inside USA following the latest breaches.

Ray Gorman, Spokesman for Lenovo stated that he didn't know about the Pentagon staff's apprehensions.

Regarding Lenovo's efforts for taking over IT firms in America Gorman stated that his company had said several times that it was still seeking opportunities globally which its shareholders and clients could find meaning into, that enabled new incorporations into its product portfolio, as well as helped the company for tracking towards maintenance of continuous profitable growth.

A spokesman of Pentagon stated there was no "blanket ban" by the Department-of-Defense on Lenovo's products as also that it didn't blacklist individual/suppliers' goods. The cyber-espionage apprehensions weren't of the Pentagon alone.

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