US Senators fear Chinese-made metro rail cars could be used for surveillance

Four US Senators have sent a letter to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA or Metro) to persuade the agency into blocking a Chinese company from bidding on a contract to provide passenger rail cars for a new metro line in the US’ capital.

The Senators fear that the Chinese-made rail cars will include backdoors and other mechanisms that will allow the Chinese government to spy on US citizens in its capital, and even sabotage local transportation if ever needed.

The Senators group includes Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

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Source: ZDNet