Richi Jennings

IBM banned from China banks in 'trial'

May 28, 2014 6:01 AM EDT


Thomas J. Watson Sr. expresses his emotion from beyond the grave.

IBM (NYSE:IBM) servers have been banned from Chinese banks. Or so say unofficial rumor-mongers, speaking on condition of anonymity.

It's being seen as the latest tit-for-tat action in the ongoing row over spying.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers make like a bull in an IBM shop.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

 
Steven Yang and Edmond Lococo string us along:

The Chinese government is reviewing whether domestic banks’ reliance on high-end servers from [IBM] compromises the nation’s financial security, people familiar with the matter said.

Government agencies, including the People’s Bank of China and the Ministry of Finance, are asking banks to remove the IBM servers and replace them with a local brand...said the four people, who asked not to be identified.

“IBM is not aware of any Chinese government policy recommending against the use of IBM servers within the country’s banking industry,” Jeff Cross, a spokesman for IBM, said in an e-mailed statement. ... “IBM is a trusted partner in China and has been for more than 30 years.”  MORE


 
And Darlene blogs up a Storm:

This is the latest fallout since the U.S. charged five Chinese hackers with cyber-espionage.

After everything we know now about NSA spying, it seems rather disingenuous for the U.S. to continue on this path by claiming to be a victim of nation state spying. ... Now China wants IBM servers gone from domestic banks.

Kicking IBM out of Chinese banks is likely just one of many more moves between the two superpowers playing cyber-espionage chess. ... May God save us from even more spying and censorship if China were to ever take control of the flow of info on the Internet.  MORE


 
The PRC's Internet Media Research Center rants thuswise:

As a superpower, the United States takes advantage of its political, economic, military and technological hegemony to unscrupulously monitor other countries...far beyond the legal rationale of "anti-terrorism" and [exposing] its ugly face of pursuing self-interest in complete disregard of moral integrity.

Targets of U.S. surveillance include the Chinese government and Chinese leaders, Chinese companies, scientific research institutes, ordinary netizens, and a large number of cell phone users. China...sees no justification for being targeted by America's secret surveillance under the guise of fighting terrorism.  MORE


 
So Sean Gallagher floats a balloon:

The hardware swap is part of a trial program...ostensibly part of an overall review of the nation’s financial systems security. But it is also seen as retribution for the US...indictment of five Chinese military officers...and as a reaction to the evidence of spying on Chinese networks [from] Edward Snowden...that revealed NSA cyber-espionage efforts in China.  MORE


 
Meanwhile, Bogus Maximus echoes in eternity: [You're fired -Ed.]

China is just pissed about Huawei and ZTE getting banned in the US, UK, and Australia. Get over it, guys - our own government is spying on us, there's no WAY we're going to trust your gear.  MORE


 

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