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Report: NSA spied on Huawei

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Report: NSA spied on Huawei
According to a report released on Sunday, the NSA has been spying on Chinese manufacturer Huawei and has even been able to obtain source code for individual Huawei branded products. Documents that are in the possession of whistle blower Edward Snowden, reveal that the NSA initiative, code named "Shotgiant," began in 2009. That is years before Huawei worked itself up to its current position as the third largest smartphone manufacturer on the planet. It also is the second largest manufacturer of networking equipment. Huawei's networking equipment connects about a third of the world's population.

The NSA was able to get its hands on corporate email written by Huawei Chairwoman Sun Yafang and CEO Ren Zhengfei back in January 2009, which helped the agency learn confidential information. Earlier reports claimed that the NSA was looking for connections between Huawei and the Chinese People's Liberation Army. But with Huawei's networking equipment and phones used in many other countries, the agency has been able to spy on other nations using Huawei built networks and handsets. The NSA also was able to infiltrate Huawei's servers located in a sealed headquarters in Shenzhen. This report added that if given the word to do so by the president, the NSA was prepared to wage "offensive cyber operations".

"If the actions in the report are true, Huawei condemns such activities that invaded and infiltrated into our internal corporate network and monitored our communications."-John Suffolk, global cyber security officer, Huawei

An NSA analyst noted back in 2010 that "If we can determine the company's plans and intentions, we hope that this will lead us back to the plans and intentions" of the Chinese government. In the states, the U.S. government has blocked companies from using Huawei produced networking equipment, although its phones can be sold in the states.

source: Reuters

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posted on 23 Mar 2014, 12:40 5

1. Jommick (Posts: 211; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


what a twist

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 21:29

22. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6737; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Is that why HUWAEI left the U.S. market?

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 12:42 2

2. FoneAddict (Posts: 209; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


No surprise here, China should sue!

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 12:57 6

3. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Ha, and the US was worried about China spying on us via Huawei. What ridiculous double-standards...

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 13:23 2

7. Ashoaib (Posts: 2430; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


No, it was a part of plan to do spying n blame back huawie...

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 13:32 1

8. Ashoaib (Posts: 2430; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Whenever usa blame or accuse some country about something, 99.9% of the time usa has some hidden agenda behind that propaganda...

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 13:43 2

12. Augustine (Posts: 800; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


The US merely follows Lenin's advice of accusing one's enemies of the actions one himself does in order to place the enemy in the defensive. Of course, whose strategies America follows tells quite a bit about what it has become: a self-serving hollow state.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 13:00 1

4. Scott93274 (Posts: 1353; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


lol, US government doesn't have much brains but they sure do have a huge pair of ... err... yeah, you know where I'm going with this. Stupid NSA.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 13:01 3

5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Lame NSA really

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 01:57

27. pwnarena (Posts: 977; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


lame because they got caught? they failed to train their spies the way the russians, chinese, japanese, and germans did?

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 13:14 2

6. Sauce (unregistered)


Why is the NSA spying on ANYONE ANY TYPE OF NEWS STILL!?!?!?!?!?!

Groundbreaking.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 13:42 1

10. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 207; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Especially when the company is chinese. yikes

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 13:41 3

9. Augustine (Posts: 800; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Just like spying on Brazil's state oil company, Petrobras, spying on Huawei is blatant industrial espionage. Pray tell, is it really about protecting the American people or the American military-industrial complex? The NSA, the DoD and the federal government are guilty as charged of treason and abuse of power, pretty much like your average caudillo in a banana republic.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 13:43 1

11. JMartin22 (Posts: 1245; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


This is dumb. Big countries often spy and keep close tabs on each other. We and they all look out for our own respective country's best interest. By the way, China has hacked various classified sensitive information from the US as well. Of course they're going to want to know whatever agenda they might have by spying through a proxy. Wake up, that's how the world and governments work

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 14:03 1

14. newuser1 (Posts: 116; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


US is spying world wide!!!!!!!!! any other country in the world does that? maybe not.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 14:06

16. Ashoaib (Posts: 2430; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


For sure not

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 15:09 1

18. papss (unregistered)


Right.. I assure you almost all countries do this in some manner. Stop the self righteous"not my county" act.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 10:45

28. Ashoaib (Posts: 2430; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


But not against every country and not US way... US simply goes to far

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 14:51 1

17. JMartin22 (Posts: 1245; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Learn how politics and federal functions work. We live in a very dangerous world with arcane and uncivilized factions and organizations of people who want to see us dead, based on some religious belief. Or people who want to usurp militaristic people and possibly pose a future threat to some of the ways of life those of us live.

I've kind of just accepted this. I don't see it as a way of taking away your personal discretionary freedom as many like to overreact to

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 16:25 3

20. Scott93274 (Posts: 1353; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I'm pretty sure that all governments spy on others.... well, maybe not Canada :P lol

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 17:06

21. faizan-sharif (Posts: 56; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


its only USA, which is destructive country for rest of world

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 01:55 1

25. pwnarena (Posts: 977; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


only in your limited reality...or imaginary world?

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 14:04

15. Ashoaib (Posts: 2430; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Nice self justification

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 13:57 1

13. iLoveAmexica (Posts: 47; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


typical typical american clown

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 15:10 1

19. papss (unregistered)


Typical typical retard on a forum acting tough

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 01:55

26. pwnarena (Posts: 977; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


typical US basher who knows nothing about communist atrocities on their OWN people.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 21:59 1

23. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 156; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


I would understand the snooping if there was some kind of national security threat, but huawei really???? what are they gunna do bug our phones and steal all our info???? please

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 01:51

24. pwnarena (Posts: 977; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


i'd rather be spied by the US than any communist country.

china is shameless in doing various crimes: piracy, territorial incursion (claiming the whole south china sea!), tainted FOOD products, etc.

at least the US is democratic and tries to (at least pretend) to be friendly and law abiding.

if you think spying is not NORMAL, you are not NORMAL.

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