The Chinese government is reportedly preparing to probe IBM, Oracle and EMC over security issues after former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden warned the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) was spying on user information.
According to Reuters on Friday, citing local newspaper Shanghai Securities News, that China's ministry of public security and another cabinet-level research center will be investigating the U.S. companies.
"At present, thanks to their technological superiority, many of our core information technology systems are basically dominated by foreign hardware and software firms, but the PRISM scandal implies security problems," the newspaper said, quoting an anonymous source.
When approached by the newswire, all three U.S. companies were not available for comment.
The report comes after Snowden revealed in June that theto steal text messages and attacking the servers at Tsinghua University for survelliance purposes.
in mid-June, revealing a program called PRISM which and raised concerns of a close relationship between those companies and the NSA.
Anonymous sources also told Reuters on Fridayand left an electronic footprint when he accessed the documents, a year earlier than previously thought.