Report: NSA spied on Huawei

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".


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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28 Comments

1. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

what a twist

22. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

2. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

No surprise here, China should sue!

3. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

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

7. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

8. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

12. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lame NSA really

27. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

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

6. Sauce unregistered

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

10. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Especially when the company is chinese. yikes

9. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

11. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 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

14. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

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

16. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

For sure not

18. papss unregistered

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

28. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

17. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 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

20. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

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

21. faizan-sharif

Posts: 98; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

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

25. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

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

15. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Nice self justification

13. iLoveAmexica

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

typical typical american clown

19. papss unregistered

Typical typical retard on a forum acting tough

26. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

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

23. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 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

24. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 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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