US State Department disconnects 900 Lenovo PCs fearing they're bugged

, posted: 20-May-2006 20:26

This news item from AFP in the Sydney Morning Herald is very curious. I'd say it's fair enough to object to Chinese-made PCs on grounds of human rights violations, but surely the mighty US State Department with its well-oiled support mechanisms would be able to tell if the Lenovo PCs ordered were bugged or not?

We're talking about commodity PC hardware after all.

Either way, this has got to be Lenovo's worst PR nightmare. The US government has now officially connected them with spying and human rights violations - not that it minded IBM selling off the PC division to the Chinese though.

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