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Rubio, Wyden Ask Homeland Security To Investigate National Security Risks Of Foreign VPN Apps
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) today requested the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conduct a threat assessment of the national security risks stemming from foreign-made Virtual Private Network (VPN) apps that are affiliated with countries of national security concern, including China.
In a letter to Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Christopher Krebs, Rubio and Wyden noted the potential vulnerabilities involved with federal government employees using foreign-made apps that could easily be surveilled by foreign governments like China and Russia.
“Millions of consumers have downloaded these apps, some of which are made by foreign companies in countries that do not share American interests or values. Because these foreign apps transmit users’ web-browsing data to servers located in, or controlled by countries that have an interest in targeting U.S. government employees, their use raises the risk that user data will be surveilled by foreign governments. The compromise of that data could harm U.S. national security,” the senators wrote.
If DHS determines federal workers face security risks from certain foreign-made VPN apps, Rubio and Wyden requested the agency issue a Binding Operational Directive banning their use on federal government smartphones and computers.
Lea el texto de la carta en inglés aquí. full text of the letter .
Dear Director Krebs:
We write concerning the growth of mobile applications that could expose U.S. government employees’ web browsing data to third parties, heightening the risk of data interception. We are particularly concerned about the potential threat posed by foreign-made apps that are affiliated with countries of national security concern and urge you to examine the national security risk they pose.
Millions of consumers have downloaded these apps, some of which are made by foreign companies in countries that do not share American interests or values. Because these foreign apps transmit users’ web-browsing data to servers located in or controlled by countries that have an interest in targeting U.S. government employees, their use raises the risk that user data will be surveilled by those foreign governments. The compromise of that data could harm U.S. national security.
The U.S. government has already recognized this threat. After investigating the national security risks posed by Chinese telecom equipment, the House Intelligence Committee recommended “the United States should view with suspicion the continued penetration of the U.S. telecommunications market by Chinese telecommunications companies.” Similarly, the Department of Homeland Security last year directed all federal agencies to purge their systems of products created by Kaspersky Labs, citing the Russian government’s legal ability to compel Kaspersky Labs to assist Russia’s intelligence gathering operations. If U.S. intelligence experts believe Beijing and Moscow are leveraging Chinese and Russian-made technology to surveil Americans, surely DHS should also be concerned about Americans sending their web browsing data directly to China and Russia.