Skip to comments.U.S. lawmakers probe China telecoms for ties, contracts (security threats)
Posted on 06/13/2012 7:31:44 PM PDT by Olog-hai
U.S. lawmakers are pressing two top Chinese technology companies to disclose their inner workings in a probe into security threats to U.S. telecommunications.
Closely held Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp. were asked Tuesday by letter to document, among other things, their interactions with the Chinese Communist Party and advice given to them by five consultancies, including International Business Machines Corp, Accenture and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). ZTE also was asked about its business in Iran.
The investigation by the U.S. House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee reflects fears that booby-trapped technology could be supplied knowingly or unknowingly by the companies, which have been accused of being a stalking horse for the Chinese authorities.
The concern is that their gear or software could include backdoors into U.S. telecommunications or provide a way to sabotage networks, as the United States and Israel are reported to have done in a cyber strike against Iranian centrifuges used to enrich uranium.
In letters to Chinese executives dated Tuesday, Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a Republican, and ranking member Dutch Ruppersberger, a Democrat, said they were investigating "the threat posed to our critical infrastructure and counterintelligence posture by companies with potential ties to the Chinese government."
The committee requested information about the companies' history and contracts as well as links to the government, military, People's Bank of China and the Communist Party.
It also asked for a list of U.S. telecoms operators that use Huawei products or services and a rundown on its pricing strategies for U.S. customers.
Rogers and Ruppersberger wrote in April that American companies are "hemorrhaging," to Chinese computer spies, research and development on products ranging from fighter engines to pesticides to cutting-edge information technology.
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They should check for ties to the Clintons, in case they decide to throw Obama under the bus and foist Hillary off on us.
Perhaps Bernard Schwartz (Loral) and treasonous scumbag human toilets, Bill & Hillary Clinton can lend a hand in this investigation.
Time to slap some high tariffs on the Communist Chinese. Nothing will make them more compliant than that. Continuing the current Economic Suicide approach of “Free Trade with Communist China” only enables the ChiComs, and is a major threat to our national security
This is interesting (old thread): http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2873934/posts?page=7