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Are we all bugged?

According to BoingBoing, the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) is calling for an official investigation into Chinese PC firm Lenovo s contract to supply computers to the State Department.

The US agency fears that Lenovo s PCs may include software or hardware components to facilitate spying on the US government. The agency wants a thorough look through all machines to ensure they're not rigged with bugs and spyware.

It is obviously a problematic and serious matter for a Government when considered purchasing such items, but what does this mean for the every day user. In how far do we know how safe we are with our equipment and how much control others have over our machines and the information which passes through it?

There