23 Mar 2014

Documents Show the NSA Spied on China's Huawei

By Jon Russel at The Next Web:

The New York Times and German newspaper Spiegel Online have reported the existence of a document that purports to show the US government spying on Chinese tech company Huawei, the world’s second largest supplier of networking products, since at least 2009.

The revelation is laced with irony because Huawei has long been labelled a national security risk by US politicians. Alongside fellow Chinese firm ZTE, Huawei has been the subject of multiple reports over alleged relationships with China’s army, and questions of whether its networking products could leave US organizations open to hacking from China if they were deployed on US soil.

The answer seems to be yes, according to the reports, which claim that the NSA — working in tandem with the FBI and White House — got its hands on the Chinese company’s source code, aka “the holy grail of computer companies,” as Spiegel Online puts it. That, it is said, allowed US officials to spy on emails sent across the Huawei network from January 2009 onward: targets included China-based organizations and Huawei customers in countries like Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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