China to discard 50 million computers because of software security concerns from US tech war

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China has set a deadline to discard over 50 million computers operating in its government agencies because of software security concerns emerging from the US Tech war.

As per the sources reporting to our cybersecurity insiders, Beijing has issued a public notice of all its governing bodies to upgrade their hardware and software within the coming two years.

And as per the plan, all Microsoft-owned Windows operating systems will be discarded, and home-developed new software OS will be loaded onto the current PCs.

That hardware that is incompatible with the current homegrown OS will be replaced as per the current OS and application requirements.

As soon as Microsoft announced its support withdrawal to all computers operating in Russia in April this year- because of the Putin-led invasion of Ukraine, China thought twice about whether to use windows loaded PCs in its public and private sectors.

Since it has minimal right to block the usage of Microsoft-owned products in private companies’ IT environments, it hasn’t taken a strict stand on banning Windows products on its soil on a complete note.

However, because of security concerns that Microsoft might spy on its governance activities through Windows PCs operating in its public companies, Beijing has let go of its software ties with the American giant and start relying on domestic alternatives.

Information is out that because of cybersecurity concerns, the Xi Jinping-led nation has taken the help of companies like Lenovo, HP, and Dell to offer PCs that are compatible with its homegrown OS and they will deliver the hardware by Feb’2023.

 

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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