Honeywell Fined for Sharing Sensitive Information With China

Honeywell Fined for Sharing Sensitive Information With China

( – Tensions between the US and other international powers have crept up since President Joe Biden took office in January. Iran’s ambitions to develop a nuclear weapon are a major source of worry, as is North Korea’s missile testing program. Perhaps the greatest threat to our interests comes from China; while they may not be amassing weapons of war, they pose many other dangers.

On Monday, May 3, the State Department announced that Honeywell, a defense contractor, was set to pay fines in the amount of $13 million for sharing information about fighter jets with other countries, including China, without authorization.

The compromised information relates to F-35 and F-22 fighter jets, as well as other weapons systems. The breaches took place between 2011 and 2015, and were voluntarily disclosed by Honeywell.

Honeywell claimed it “inadvertently shared” the information in question during business conversations. There’s no suggestion that foreign officials sought to acquire it through deception. However, when dealing with a threat like China, sensitive data of this kind must be held secret.

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