Recently we heard how China had banned Microsoft’s Windows 8 from being installed on government computers, and now it looks like China could be extending that bank to other companies as well. According to a report from Bloomberg, their sources have informed them that there is a possibility that China could be considering dropping the use of IBM’s servers in their banks.
Their source states that the People’s Bank of China and other government agencies, such as the Ministry of Finance, are reviewing whether or not the use of IBM’s servers could compromise China’s financial. This seems to be the latest move from China as tensions between US are beginning to heat up.
It wasn’t too long ago that the US accused China of sending military operatives to hack into US companies in order to learn trade secrets. The US government’s alleged response was to clamp down on Chinese hackers from entering the country, even if it is to attend conferences like Def Con and Black Hat.
China has since called the US’ allegations as made up and have since denied those claims. Back in China, the local government has announced that they would be vetting technology companies to identify potential security breaches. Assuming that China goes through with their plans and replaces IBM’s servers with a local brand, it would most likely end up hurting IBM’s business in the process.