The Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico – a facility in charge of the design of nuclear weapons – has replaced networking equipment from Chinese vendor H3C because of security concerns.
According to Reuters, which reviewed a letter dated November 5 to the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, the Laboratory was in the process of identifying and replacing H3C network components to address security fears.
The letter comes in response of the request made by the US House Armed Services Committee for the Department of Energy, which asked organizations to report on supply chain risks.
It also follows a report of the US House of Representatives' Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which recommended United States businesses to stop using Huawei and ZTE equipment because of security concerns.
H3C is a result of a joint venture between Huawei and 3Com, but the company was acquired by HP back in 2010.
HP representatives, on the other hand, state that H3C became independent of Huawei even before they acquired the company. They also highlight the fact that they’ve dedicated considerable resources to ensure that legal and regulatory requirements are met.