So it turns out that a few government agencies have reason to believe that Lenovo computers have added security concerns (Lenovo is partly owned by a subsidiary of the Chinese government, and some backdoors have been found on Lenovo machines). After doing some due diligence (and becoming convinced that this concern is legit and not merely some anti-Chinese protectionist maneuver) I have decided to take my newly-purchased Lenovo and got me a much higher-powered Dell.
I hasten to add that this means that Lenovo machines are entirely unsecured and Dell machines are a guarantee against any hack. Far from it, I would argue that this is merely a game of security threat potential. The Lenovo machine simply had a higher likelihood of being compromised. And even this may be overstated, as I am not someone who the Chinese government would have any interest in compromising my machine (I am not a CEO of a large company, nor some government official).
But in this day and age, Cybersecurity can’t be taken too lightly.
- MI6 and MI5 ‘refuse to use Lenovo computers’ over claims Chinese company makes them vulnerable to hacking (independent.co.uk)
- Several Countries Ban Lenovo Products from “Secret and Top Secret Networks” on Concerns of Chinese Backdoor Access (hothardware.com)
- Lenovo Joins Huawei & ZTE on the US Government’s Blacklist (siliconangle.com)
- Lenovo Apparently Banned By Top Spy Agencies (ubergizmo.com)