Lenovo computers

DOD Issues Cybersecurity Warning Against Lenovo Computers, Handheld Devices

The Department of Defense is concerned that computers and handheld devices produced by China-based company Lenovo could be used to spy on Pentagon networks, according to a recent internal study.

The report, produced last month by the J-2 intelligence directorate, also warned that Lenovo is looking to buy American IT firms that would give the company better access to the Pentagon’s classified information and introduce compromised hardware into the Defense Department networks, posing cyber espionage risks.

“Although we are concerned any time another nation or individual attempts to initiate intelligence collection against the Department of Defense, we do not discuss internal assessments,” said a Joint Staff spokesman.

The J-2 report also contained a warning that Lenovo was seeking to purchase American information technology companies in a bid to gain access to classified Pentagon and military information networks.

In the past, Lenovo equipment was detected “beaconing,” or secretly communicating with remote users during the course of cyber intelligence-gathering, according to one official who added that “There is no way that that company or any Chinese company should be doing business in the United States after all the recent hacking incidents.”

According to the Washington Free Beacon, “about 27 percent of Lenovo Group Ltd. is owned by the Chinese Academy of Science, a government research institute. In April, a Chinese Academy of Sciences space imagery expert, Zhou Zhixin, was named to a senior post in the Chinese military’s new Strategic Support Force, a unit in charge of space, cyber, and electronic warfare.”

A spokesperson with the Pentagon said the Defense Department has not imposed a blanket ban on all Lenovo products, and does not blacklist suppliers or individual products.

The National Security Agency has previously linked China to cyber spying reports against the Pentagon, as well as U.S. and foreign defense contractors, the report stated.

News of the internal study comes days after House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte questioned the FBI for more details about a senior Clinton campaign adviser who used a Lenovo computer to sort her personal from her private emails.

 

 

Photo: "Lenovo Laboratory" by 246-You is licensed under CC By 2.0/ Cropped from original

Posted in General News

Tags: information technology, cyber security

Print

This Week on FEDtalk

Navigating Plans for Summer with the National Park Service

Do you know what you are doing this summer? To find out what our National Parks have to offer, tune in to FEDtalk this Friday and start planning your trip!

Read more ...

Hear it from FLEOA

FLEOA Highlights Important Policy, People During Police Week

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) is continually committed to serving our members and the federal law enforcement community. This Police Week, FLEOA has dedicated special time and attention to pushing policy that helps the law enforcement community protect and serve their community. From events highlighting the importance of police to meetings on the Hill, FLEOA is excited to engage the public and policy makers on law enforcement issues during this time of heightened awareness.

Read more ...
FEDagent

FEDagent.com

The free weekly e-report for Federal Law Enforcement

Get in touch with us

Email FEDagent publisher

Copyright 2019 FEDagent.com
Hosted by Peak Media Company, LLC