China to probe IBM, Oracle and EMC over security

|By:, SA News Editor

China's Ministry of Public Security and a cabinet-level research center are reportedly planning to investigate IBM (IBM), Oracle (ORCL) and EMC (EMC) over security issues.

The prospective inquiry comes after Edward Snowden's revelations of the National Security Agency's surveillance of user data at major tech companies, and that it hacked into critical networks at Chinese and Hong Kong universities.

It also follows U.S. accusations of widespread Chinese hacking and amid American hostility to telecom infrastructure companies Huawei and ZTE because of security concerns.

The probe would add to a growing number of Chinese investigations into major foreign firms, although these have focused on their business practices.