Microsoft’s offices in China were raided by authorities representing the State Administration for Industry and Commerce who are concerned with the company’s practices, South China Morning Post (SCMP) said on Monday. Four offices were targeted by China, the news outlet said, though it’s unclear what the authorities were looking for specifically. Chinese media has been speculating that it may be related to antitrust concerns.
This isn’t the first time China has targeted a U.S. firm in recent weeks. Earlier this month, China raised concerns about parts of Apple’s iOS software that could provide an individual’s location to an outsider, which Chinese media said could be used to steal “state secrets,” Bloomberg reported.
Similarly, Windows 8 has been probed and attacked in China, and the government has banned the use of Microsoft’s latest operating system, SCMP said. Additionally, the news outlet points to an antitrust investigation into Qualcomm in China.
Microsoft confirmed that it is being investigated though did not explain why.