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Former Pentagon Analyst Says China Can Shut Down All The Telecom Gear It Sold To The US
business insider ^ | Jun. 8, 2012 | F. Michael Maloof

Posted on 06/08/2012 11:48:29 AM PDT by Mount Athos

Chinese companies apparently have a covert capability to remotely access communications technology sold to the United States and other Western countries and could "disable a country's telecommunications infrastructure before a military engagement," according to former and current intelligence sources.

The Chinese also have the ability to exploit networks "to enable China to continue to steal technology and trade secrets," according to the open source intelligence company Lignet, which is comprised of former U.S. intelligence analysts.

The issue centers on the Chinese firm Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., which U.S. intelligence sources say has direct links to the Chinese government and the People's Liberation Army, or PLA.

The problem of fake Chinese electronic components, which were installed by defense contractors without prior testing and are operating in U.S. military systems, is far more widespread than originally thought.

These counterfeit components have been found in sensitive U.S. missile systems meant to thwart the potential of a Chinese missile attack, in night vision devices and in various military aircraft.

"We do not want a $12 million defense interceptor's reliability compromised by a $2 counterfeit part," Gen. Patrick O'Reilly, director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said.

Huawei, suspected of exploiting electronic telecommunications backdoors, continues to sell communications technology in the U.S. and other countries despite a supposed ban on the company that was supposed to keep it from bidding on cellular networks and government contracts, a current intelligence source said.

The electronic backdoor capability reportedly could allow the Chinese government through Huawei and ZTE to access information traveling through telecommunications networks or even sabotage electronic devices, Lignet said.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chicoms; china; espionage; nationalsecurity
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1 posted on 06/08/2012 11:48:35 AM PDT by Mount Athos
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To: Mount Athos

DUH! Like we didn’t know that you morons.


2 posted on 06/08/2012 11:50:31 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: sam_paine

ping


3 posted on 06/08/2012 11:53:41 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1235 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: Mount Athos

What about all those iPhones and such?.............


4 posted on 06/08/2012 11:53:59 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Army Air Corps

ping


5 posted on 06/08/2012 11:56:11 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Mount Athos

Shocking....:( NOT


6 posted on 06/08/2012 11:57:14 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eat my dog!)
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To: Red Badger

Yup...iPhone. at the precise moment, a previously unknown ap will run featuring a gif of Mao dancing accompanied by the Communist Party Song, “The East Is Red”


7 posted on 06/08/2012 12:02:30 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Mount Athos

Without even reading the entire article, likely are hard coded burned in chips that are hard to disable. Time to inventory all, one-by-one for replacement, and junk the Chinese sabotaging and espoinage equipment.


8 posted on 06/08/2012 12:03:19 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: autumnraine
Doesn't matter now, they have us by the cajones. We don't even know the extent of the problem yet.
9 posted on 06/08/2012 12:11:54 PM PDT by wolfcreek (A closed eye mentality is the reason for our current reality)
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To: Red Steel

Military systems that are supposed to be secure wouldn’t be on the public internet, so there would be no way for any Chinese parts to get the signal that they are supposed to shut down.

Still, it could really foul up the normal civilian internet which would wreak a hell of a lot of financial havoc.


10 posted on 06/08/2012 12:11:54 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: Mount Athos

Whomever approved defense purchases from the Chinese is, at best” a “gross ignoramus”: 144 times worse than an ordinary ignoramus.

But most likely, they are simply a traitor, worthy of being shot on sight.


11 posted on 06/08/2012 12:13:53 PM PDT by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: wolfcreek

Unless this is being addressed, we’re beyond screwed. With no KY.


12 posted on 06/08/2012 12:16:03 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: BigEdLB

They could put software into the things that, upon a certain signal from China, would cause them all to shut down, or software that could allow them to eavesdrop on any conversations at will...........


13 posted on 06/08/2012 12:16:22 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Mount Athos; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

My distant cousin who is a high honcho in the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing (long story having to do with the Russian Jewish community in China after the Russian revolution) claims that the iPhones and the iPads among other electronics products manufactured in China have a secret back door that allows the Chinese government to listen in on the calls and the Internet connections. And they do, he says.


14 posted on 06/08/2012 12:20:40 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Mount Athos

We did the same to the Soviets when we sold Poland phone switching equipment with back doors that would have severed communications with their armies in Germany.


15 posted on 06/08/2012 12:20:50 PM PDT by Kozak (The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home JM)
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To: Mount Athos

Which is why anything important you send should be encrypted.


16 posted on 06/08/2012 12:24:47 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: unkus

Make me think Russia, China or whoever could drop a few nukes in our laps before we even know what’s going on.

Another reason for Barry to take a hike.


17 posted on 06/08/2012 12:26:53 PM PDT by wolfcreek (A closed eye mentality is the reason for our current reality)
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To: Mount Athos

Here’s an idea.

Stop buying Chinese shit!


18 posted on 06/08/2012 12:29:34 PM PDT by panaxanax (Voting 'Third Party' will ensure a Communist-Marxist-Socialist dominated Supreme Court!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Military systems that are supposed to be secure wouldn’t be on the public internet, so there would be no way for any Chinese parts to get the signal that they are supposed to shut down.

Right. I got the idea from the article that the military stupidly procured Chinese built equipment for their secure DSNET.

[Proudly posting on FR without reading the complete article since forever! ;-) ]

19 posted on 06/08/2012 12:29:53 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel
"Time to inventory all, one-by-one for replacement,..."

Colossus will not be happy.


20 posted on 06/08/2012 12:31:23 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Another day. Another small provocation. Another step closer.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“Military systems that are supposed to be secure wouldn’t be on the public internet,”

They aren’t supposed to copy secret data to usb keys and post it on wikeleaks either.

China had compromised Unisys network who had a DHS contract for 3 years before Unisys told the govt.


21 posted on 06/08/2012 12:32:04 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Mount Athos
Just how many times do people have to get burned before they realize that...

China will steel your intellectual property.

Anything metal from China is likely to have irradiated metal in it.

Anything medicinal from China is either superstitious quackery or toxic.

Pet food from China will kill your pets.

Tooth paste from China is lethal if ingested, and probably not so great for you even if you spit it out.

Cough medicine from China will have paint thinner in it instead of glycerol because paint thinner is cheaper and they do not care if it kills you.

Baby food from China will have cheap toxins added if the toxins mimic the presence of an expensive ingredient they would rather not pay for.

Anything electronic from China is either nonfunctional or its function is to disable your device or spy upon you.

Even if you find an affordable and non-toxic product from China - by buying it you are supporting Communism and slave labor.

22 posted on 06/08/2012 12:33:29 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: Mount Athos

Where’s all our wonderful free trade gloablist FReepers now?


23 posted on 06/08/2012 12:38:56 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Mount Athos

Hmmmmm


24 posted on 06/08/2012 12:39:13 PM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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To: wolfcreek

Make me think Russia, China or whoever could drop a few nukes in our laps before we even know what’s going on.

Another reason for Barry to take a hike.


Right now we’re at the mercy of some very bad people with a POS POTUS. A very disasterous combination.


25 posted on 06/08/2012 12:42:39 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: allmendream
Whatever!

Is it on sale at Walmart or not!?

26 posted on 06/08/2012 12:47:56 PM PDT by KC_Lion (I am finished with listening to empty promises of the great GOP saving me in 4 more years.)
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To: KC_Lion
Oh yes, and let me not forget....

Any children's toy you buy from China will likely have irradiated metal, lead paint, and industrial waste products.

So I hope it is really worth saving a few bucks! The Walmart crowd doesn't seem too bright to begin with, and they sure won't get any smarter sucking on lead paint toys.

27 posted on 06/08/2012 12:51:28 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: EEGator

Out buying more Chinese crap and marveling at “how little it costs me.”


28 posted on 06/08/2012 12:52:24 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: unkus

I highly suspect a false-flag operation or something similar is in the works for the near future.

I can smell it.


29 posted on 06/08/2012 12:53:16 PM PDT by wolfcreek (A closed eye mentality is the reason for our current reality)
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To: Mount Athos

We will still kick their asses using only cups and string if we have to!!


30 posted on 06/08/2012 12:57:34 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: wolfcreek

I highly suspect a false-flag operation or something similar is in the works for the near future.

I can smell it.
- -—————

You mean Wag the Tail?


31 posted on 06/08/2012 12:59:14 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: samadams2000

I don’t think so.


32 posted on 06/08/2012 1:01:22 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Revolting cat!

Woah.


33 posted on 06/08/2012 1:02:27 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: Mount Athos

I’m thinking this may be the “assassin’s mace” they were talking about some years ago. It’s near EMP level devastation without the need for the EMP, and subject to none of the hardening defenses. No sub or ICBM required; the American consumer is the ideal distributed delivery system. I also wonder about composite chemical warfare from China. There are so many “innocuous” compounds building to background levels in the environment, and building our bloodstreams. What if one is just primed for wide release of an activator molecule, say in food packaging? Man, where’s my foil when I need it?


34 posted on 06/08/2012 1:03:30 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: Mount Athos

My friend is a senior security expert at a major online dictionary site and he said there is a secret Chinese backdoor in their hardware that will allow them to change all pronunciation codes in online reference databanks from “R”s to “L”s and vice versa, instantly making it look like we talk stupid.


35 posted on 06/08/2012 1:10:53 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Mount Athos

Was it not Bill Clinton & Bill Richardson who bought into the idea that our sensative military hardware and software should be allowed to be made in China????

It didn’t make sense then and it doesn’t make sense now.

I didn’t even tell husbands—( now ex’s) where all my bank accounts were.

Apparently, I have more sense of survival than either of the 2 Bills.


36 posted on 06/08/2012 1:12:48 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Mount Athos

We have got the dumbest set of politicians in all of American history.

PSST...CONGRESS...
CHINA’S NOT OUR FRIEND!!!!


37 posted on 06/08/2012 1:18:13 PM PDT by servantboy777
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To: Trod Upon
I’m thinking this may be the “assassin’s mace” they were talking about some years ago. It’s near EMP level devastation without the need for the EMP, and subject to none of the hardening defenses. No sub or ICBM required; the American consumer is the ideal distributed delivery system. I also wonder about composite chemical warfare from China. There are so many “innocuous” compounds building to background levels in the environment, and building our bloodstreams. What if one is just primed for wide release of an activator molecule, say in food packaging? Man, where’s my foil when I need it?

Isn't reality fun?

Now think about how readily paper hold chemicals, and how fast paper money is passed around. Or how about the flicker rates in advertisements and movies and its connection to mild epileptic states, and the relationship between mild epileptic states, antidepressants and neurolinguistic programming.

And I haven't even started to talk about what is actually in a Starbucks Frappucino...

38 posted on 06/08/2012 1:23:50 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

You’ve not heard reports that the military are finding chips manufactured in China installed in our missiles and sensitive military equipment?

Thousands of chips have been coded to shutdown on command in case of conflict with China. Serious national security breach.

http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/27/fake-chinese-parts-for-u-s-military-equipment/


39 posted on 06/08/2012 1:25:23 PM PDT by servantboy777
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To: wolfcreek

I highly suspect a false-flag operation or something similar is in the works for the near future.

I can smell it.


I think you’re right. But I don’t think he’d get away with it because too many would see through it.

But I’d put nothing past him....even getting a lot of Americans killed right here in the US.


40 posted on 06/08/2012 1:29:43 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: servantboy777

I bet the chinese must be l(r)aughing the assess off at the stupid saucer-eyed children in the west for their utter naivete.
How can we all be so f’ing stupid?


41 posted on 06/08/2012 1:40:24 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: servantboy777

I bet the chinese must be l(r)aughing the assess off at the stupid saucer-eyed children in the west for their utter naivete.
How can we all be so f’ing stupid?


42 posted on 06/08/2012 1:40:44 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: allmendream

amen, most stuff from China is worse than junk. Just this morning I was cleaning a manual can opener that is suppose to be Stainless steel. It’s from China and parts of it are rusting.


43 posted on 06/08/2012 2:11:54 PM PDT by sand88
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To: Trod Upon
What if one is just primed for wide release of an activator molecule, say in food packaging? Man, where’s my foil when I need it?

You have enough to worry about in our own government.

The progressives do not like to share their planet with lower life forms.

44 posted on 06/08/2012 2:15:08 PM PDT by itsahoot (I will not vote for Romney period.)
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To: servantboy777
We have got the dumbest set of politicians in all of American history.

It is a mistake to attribute all their to stupidity when there is a better explaination.

45 posted on 06/08/2012 2:18:18 PM PDT by itsahoot (I will not vote for Romney period.)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

“How can we all be so f’ing stupid?”

‘Cause it’s much easier than being smart.


46 posted on 06/08/2012 2:21:26 PM PDT by wolfcreek (A closed eye mentality is the reason for our current reality)
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To: Mount Athos
So China got the exported chips, reverse engineered them, and sold them back to the U.S. with some 'software upgrades' on the firmware?

FLASHBACK


Clinton Gave China Chip Technology For Nuclear Warfare

Exerpt(s): Declassified documents show that President Bill Clinton personally approved the transfer to China of advanced space technology that can be used for nuclear combat.
The documents show that in 1996 Clinton approved the export of radiation hardened chip sets to China. The specialized chips are necessary for fighting a nuclear war.
..............
U.S. intelligence sources stated that the newly released documents illustrate the extent to which the Clinton White House placed trade – and trade with China specifically – above national security.

"In all likelihood we will be glowing in the dark before we discover the true extent of the Clinton decade of betrayal," stated Rick Fisher, Asian Security Fellow at the Center for Security Policy.
47 posted on 06/08/2012 2:26:13 PM PDT by goron (Revelation 13:18)
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To: EEGator
Where’s all our wonderful free trade gloablist FReepers now?

They don't comment on trade issues much anymore. Time has proven them wrong.

Giving the enemy free access to our economy may not have been the stupidest thing the US has ever done, but it has to be close.

48 posted on 06/08/2012 2:28:38 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Revolting cat!

Not likely


49 posted on 06/08/2012 2:38:33 PM PDT by jrestrepo (See you all in Galt's gulch)
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To: panaxanax
"Here’s an idea.

Stop buying Chinese shit!
"

Let's see...who's worse--the Chinese, or the local political regulators, their globalist bosses in exclusively approved businesses and their pensioned, NIMBY eyes and ears around the community?

Buy Chinese, and build a personal/family fallout shelter.

;-)


50 posted on 06/08/2012 3:02:27 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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