INTELLIGENCE agencies, including Cheltenham-based GCHQ, have banned Chinese PC maker Lenovo, it was reported today.
The alleged ban comes after extensive testing by British intelligence agencies found back-door hardware and firmware vulnerability in Lenovo computer chips.
This means it could allow hackers to remotely access devices without the knowledge of their owner.
The UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), MI5 and MI6 are reported as taking part in the Lenovo ban.
In a statement, Lenovo said it has not received word of any sort of a restriction of sales.
It added its products "have been found time and time again to be reliable and secure by our enterprise and public sector customers”, and it welcomes their engagement to ensure it is meeting their security needs.
A spokesman for GCHQ said: “As a matter of policy we don't routinely discuss the names or nature of suppliers to GCHQ on any aspect of our business.”
Lenovo is currently the biggest PC supplier in the world, according to the latest numbers from IDC and Gartner.