Huawei CEO: Not surprised US spying on company

Huawei CEO: Not surprised US spying on company
The founder and CEO of Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, says that he was not surprised when he learned the NSA was spying on his company.

He further stated that such measures would not damage Huawei’s reputation among the company’s reputation or its relationship with its customers. According to reports back in March, documents that were disclosed by Edward Snowden showed that the NSA had an operation called “Shotgiant” aimed at Huawei.

Shotgiant was the NSA’s push to get email correspondence, trade secrets, and source code of Huawei products. Huawei is the world’s third largest smartphone maker and the world’s second largest maker of networking switch gear, equipment that powers many country’s telecom and internet infrastructures in Europe and Asia.

“This monitoring behavior of the United States is within expectations. It has just been proved,” said Ren Zhengfei, “The business we are doing with our customers is built on a mutual understanding between our customers and ourselves over the last two to three decades. Therefore, those things going on will not, I believe, have any impact on doing business with us.”

Huawei has effectively been blocked by lawmakers from doing much business in the United States, based on reports and investigations that the company was a security threat to critical infrastructure, does not observe trade restrictions, and that it basically was an espionage aid to the Chinese government. Huawei’s CEO retired from the People’s Liberation Army in the 1980s, and set up Huawei a short while later.

The concerns over his company, he believes, will pass over time, “It might take 10 or 20 years for the United States to know Huawei is a company with integrity. We may have opportunities then.” The issues of Huawei’s security concerns and business practices have been a veritable “he said, she said” type of exchange.

Huawei is no worse for the wear, Ren cited the company had revenues of nearly $40 billion last year and expects that figure to double by 2018.

source: Reuters



1. Sauce unregistered

In related news: The two greatest tech companies (Google and Apple) and other high-profile companies are updating their privacy policy to routinely notify users when a government or law enforcement agency requests information on them.

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Lol. If you believe in the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny, you can also believe this marketing rubbish from Google and Apple. The tech companies are trying anything they can to save face and maintain their brand value. But the cat is out of the bag. There have been no changes. The NSA has a full data feed for all the customer data from both these companies.

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I'd like to know, Who is not spying on someone else? Yes, even the aliens are spying on us. Simply put, we all, can't be trusted.

16. aksa123

Posts: 367; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Yeah. Huawei is not surprised, because they do the same thing.

20. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

do you have any proof? No, they are not surprised bcoz everyone know USA is always like this

21. SleepingOz unregistered

That's what the real spies want you to think.

3. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

NSA spying on foreign entities? I have no words to describe how shocked I am.

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Well, your profile picture just shows how shocked you are. :)

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I really like that Huawei's CEO shows how calm he is and don't give up, it's like a spirit from Blackberry's CEO, no matter how people accuse Huawei spying blah blah blah, they're still here to stay. Tbh, I still don't think that Huawei is spying for the Chinese government, and that also includes the Chinese manufacturers like ZTE, Oppo, Xiaomi, OnePlus etc. To those who still think that Huawei or other Chinese manufacturers are spying you, show why don't you show us how they're spying? Even if they did, you can't escape from that, as many companies like Apple, Google, Yahoo... and the NSA of course are spying you as well. If you're afraid and sensitive of that, don't use the internet, smartphones, you can move to the cave and be a caveman if you want to.

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I found it interesting that when the NSA does a lot of their hacking of US systems, they spoof their IPs so it looks like it is the Chinese doing the hacking. Most people don't understand that like the rest of the US military, the NSA works for the very richest people in the world -- the same people who own and run the US, UK, NZ, AU, etc. It is the job of the NSA to keep track of everyone and everything, and to provide the data to control/blackmail any given target.

9. Gawain

Posts: 441; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

Yeah, the Chinese are just so liberated and they do no harm. I have found that most people that proclaim such insightful knowledge have rarely been outside a hundred mile radius of where they were born and lived. I, having been all over the world, can assure you that no such conspiracy exists. It is not possible given the size and scope of everything going on. I don't know what Huawei has going on, probably nothing quite as bad as the Congress people claim. What I do know is this, the company claims to be privately held, and private property is not really a major concern to the PRC.

8. Caveman723

Posts: 22; Member since: May 01, 2014

Did you call me sir? In the cave now also have internet & computer etc. much like a bat cave..

18. Cicero

Posts: 1137; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Correct! If you are a "normal" person you will skip this paranoia. But if you have something to hide you will know how to do things to not be catch.

10. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

If u got nothing to hide....why worry about being spied on. Unless that data is being used for blackmail or any other unethical reason...then it gets serious. This whole NSA sht is getting old. I like this guys attitude..."not shocked" lol.

12. mixedfish

Posts: 1562; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Yeah sure, no need to panic when they steal your source code for your products and confidential details on business operations.

13. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

And sell them to the large US corporations so these giant parasites can file patents on your inventions. The US, is after all, "first to file" now for patents which creates a massive incentive for IP theft. The NSA of course having the largest IP theft system in the entire world.

15. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

@ mixedfish Yeah thats what I meant by "unethical" genius.

19. mixedfish

Posts: 1562; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Haha, and what 'ethical' cause would excuse hacking into a corporate network to steal confidential data? Sorry bud crime doesn't excuse crime.

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Just wish everyone can stop spying on everybody. It's getting kinda annoyed but we can't even stop our own GOV'T to spy on us on our phones or emails.

14. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lame. hopefully they spare toilets and bedrooms. this is the privacy I guess we can expect these days.

22. wax33

Posts: 45; Member since: Apr 06, 2014

"We had information that terrorists were using toilets and bedrooms to plan their evil deeds, so..."

17. JaroB

Posts: 112; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

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