Is Security in Question After Purchase by China’s Lenovo of Motorola?

With Chinese Internet giant Lenovo’s recent multibillion dollar purchase of Motorola, yet another of China’s state-owned companies has sought to buy the prestige of an international brand. Motorola’s consumers, though, may look at Lenovo’s past record and have concerns that the familiar brand will not deliver a trustworthy product.

Google announced on Jan. 29 it would sell Motorola Mobility to China’s Lenovo for $2.91 billion. The sale puts the Chinese company in the No. 3 spot of the global cellphone market, behind Apple and Samsung Electronics.

The United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom have banned Lenovo’s computers from government offices as a security threat. The reasons for the ban may carry over to Motorola products produced by Lenovo.

“The ban was introduced in the mid-2000s after intensive laboratory testing of its equipment allegedly documented ‘backdoor’ hardware and ‘firmware’ vulnerabilities in Lenovo chips,” states a report from Australia’s Financial Review in July 2013, which uncovered the internal ban.

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