The Security Week That Was: A Recap - May 13-19, 2006

SIW Editor Geoff Kohl gives a weekly surveillance of news shaping your profession

There is at least one security story each week that makes us ask, "Huh?" This week it came from the State Department, which after political pressure, has decided to realign how it will use some of the 16,000 computers it bought from N.C.-based Lenovo, the world's #3 computer maker. About 900 of those computers were slated to be used with classified information, but therein lies the problem. Lenovo is partially owned (less than 30 percent) by the Chinese government, and it was decided by some politicos that because the computer maker is partly-affiliated with the Chinese, that there could be some sort of embedded Trojan to steal classified information and re-route it to the Chinese. Do we really think that's the case? Would the IT department agree? Read the story and decide for yourself.