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US cracks down on Chinese, Russian firms over security fears

Washington looks to block use of Huawei technology, Kaspersky

Huawei looks to connect smartphones to TVs and household electronic appliances.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Chinese and Russian companies in fields such as information technology face growing restrictions on their operations in the U.S. as concern builds in Washington over data security and foreign political interference.

The U.S. Army has pulled security cameras made by Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, the world's largest maker of security cameras, from Fort Leonard Wood in the state of Missouri, the Wall Street Journal reports. Hikvision is a subsidiary of China Electronics Technology Group, which in turn is controlled directly by the Chinese government, raising concerns that Beijing could use the devices to gather information.

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