China's insidious surveillance army: The internet of things

China’s insidious surveillance army: The internet of things

© Getty Images The headline alone is terrifying: “ Surveillance cameras made by China are hanging all over the U.S. ” Scarier still, it’s true — the Chinese government owns a 42 percent stake in Hikvision, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of cameras and other video surveillance equipment. Its products are used at public sites and private companies around the world, including multiple U.S. government facilities. It’s easy to extrapolate some bleak scenarios based on this information: could the Chinese government be building “back doors” into Hikvision systems to facilitate state-sponsored snooping on sensitive American sites? The company […]