NSA Infiltrates Servers of China Telecom Giant Huawei.
It’s been recently found out that the US National Security Agency had been tapping into the networks of Chinese telecom and Internet giant Huawei, Der Speigel of the New York Times reported on their website.
The NSA managed to access Huawei’s email archive, communication between very high company officials internal documents, and even secret source codes for several products owned by Huawei, which can be read on the reports that where proved by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
“We currently have good access and so much data that we don’t know what to do with it,” states one internal document cited by Der Spiegel.
Huawei was founded back in 1987 by Ren Zhengfey, a former People’s Liberation Army engineer. Washington has seen the company as a potential security threat due to Trojan Horses that have been perceived links by the Chinese government, which they deny. Both the United States and Australia have prevented Huawei from being involved with broadband projects over fear of espionage.
Shenzen-based Huwai is one of the world’s leading network equipment provider and is the third-largest smartphone vendor in the world. Operation “Shotgiant’ original purpose was to try and find a connection between Huawei and the Chinese millitary, according to a 2010 document. later on, the goal was expanded upon to learn how to bypass Huawei computer and telephone networks sold to third world countries.
“Many of our targets communicate over Huawei-produced products,” the NSA document read. “We want to make sure that we know how to exploit these products,” it added, to “gain access to networks of interest” around the world.
Huawei is also a major competitor to the US-based Cisco System Inc. Although US officials have kept on insisting that the spy agencies are not waging industrial espionage campaign on behalf of US companies, as Snowden has alleged.
“The fact that we target foreign companies for intelligence is not part of any economic espionage,” a senior intelligence official told reporters.
The goal of economic intelligence efforts is “to support national security interests,” and “not to try to help Boeing,” the official said.