Skip to comments.Targeting Huawei: NSA Spied on Chinese Government and Networking Firm
Posted on 03/22/2014 8:12:08 PM PDT by Star Traveler
A special unit with the US intelligence agency succeeded in infiltrating Huwaei's network and copied a list of 1,400 customers as well as internal documents providing training to engineers on the use of Huwaei products, among other things.
Source Code Breached
According to a top secret NSA presentation, NSA workers not only succeeded in accessing the email archive, but also the secret source code of individual Huwaei products. Software source code is the holy grail of computer companies. Because Huawei directed all mail traffic from its employees through a central office in Shenzhen, where the NSA had infiltrated the network, the Americans were able to read a large share of the email sent by company workers beginning in January 2009, including messages from company CEO Ren Zhengfei and Chairwoman Sun Yafang.
"We currently have good access and so much data that we don't know what to do with it," states one internal document. As justification for targeting the company, an NSA document claims that "many of our targets communicate over Huawei produced products, we want to make sure that we know how to exploit these products." The agency also states concern that "Huawei's widespread infrastructure will provide the PRC (People's Republic of China) with SIGINT capabilities." SIGINT is agency jargon for signals intelligence. The documents do not state whether the agency found information indicating that to be the case.
The operation was conducted with the involvement of the White House intelligence coordinator and the FBI. One document states that the threat posed by Huawei is "unique".
The agency also stated in a document that "the intelligence community structures are not suited for handling issues that combine economic, counterintelligence, military influence and telecommunications infrastructure from one entity."
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The only difference in Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning is that Snowden doesn’t want his plumbing chopped off.
Huawei has always been a security threat. Just ask Rick Perry.
The NSA has gotten so brazen that they tell people when they’re spying on them. I’m starting to believe my wife is right about Snowden. He was chosen to let the cat out of the bag so as to warn us not to get out of line.
While the illegal, disgusting spying on US citizens should have been exposed, from the beginning, I suspected that Snowden gave up more than that. I did not say much, because so many FReepers were praising him. I just wonder if anyone has been killed yet, from the info he gave up.
So seriously, is this a problem? I mean this is the people we WANT the NSA to spy on, no?
I definitely would support him if he had only revealed the spying the NSA did on US citizens. I believe I have heard him say he had a lot more stuff to release. Who knows what he’ll do next. He could start blabbing about somebody we have on the inside of Iran’s nuclear program. What if he just makes something up? What if he “reveals” Bush ordered 9/11 or some other nonsense? A lot of Republicans have already made this guy a saint. They’re gonna have egg on their face if he goes off the deep end.
Good points, all.
Yes, I agree with you.
I don’t have all the facts on Huawei’s ties with the Chinese gov’t and military, but I can believe they are pretty tight.
Besides that, I designed a product for them in my previous job, and they were just hell to deal with.
That’s why I’m keeping my mouth shut on him.
If they’re doing to this to Huawei now, that means to me they have already done it to Cisco and Ericsson. Just a thought.
I would rather ask Bill Clinton who allowed sensitive telecommunications equipment sales to the commies in the first place
We should ask Congress as well.