With growing concerns over cyber-espionage, President Obama has signed off on a new bill requiring critical agencies such as the Departments of Commerce and Justice, NASA, and the National Science Foundation to request permission from the FBI before purchasing computing infrastructure from China for fears that the hardware may be bugged for spying purposes.
This comes after restrictions were placed on product purchases from Huawei Technologies and ZTE.
Lawmakers also put a block Japan’s Softbank from using Huawei products, after they made a bid to buy out 70% of Sprint for $20 billion. There was no dispute in the matter after Softbank quickly promised to abide by the request of U.S. officials. Even though Huawei has accused the U.S. government of making “baseless” accusations, they may gain any pardon any time soon.
From the looks of it, more Chinese companies may be blacklisted as well, as more and more departments are placed under the newly signed bill. Could this be The U.S.’s way of secretly fighting Chinese competition? To date, their have been no solid reports backing the claim of spying, and a leaked White House report back in October 2012 confirmed that they found no evidence to support a previously issues intelligence document that Huawei MAY have been embedding spying equipment.
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