FBI Raids Chinese Payment-Terminal Company
Law enforcement agencies in the United States have searched the Florida premises of a Chinese payment-terminal provider.
A warehouse and offices belonging to multinational Pax Technology were scoured by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies on Tuesday after concerns were reportedly raised over the company's security.
The FBI said that the search at the site in Jacksonville had been undertaken "in furtherance of a federal investigation."
Pax was founded two decades ago and is headquartered in Shenzhen. According to its website, the company has delivered over 57 million terminals to more than 120 countries. In addition to payment terminals, Pax manufactures PIN pads and point-of-sale (POS) hardware and software.
News of the raid was broken by local Florida news outlet WOKV. When queried about the coordinated law enforcement action, the FBI issued the following statement:
“The FBI Jacksonville Division, in partnership with Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Commerce, and Naval Criminal Investigative Services, and with the support of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, is executing a court-authorized search at this location in furtherance of a federal investigation.
"We are not aware of any