said by Killersaurus:
Allowing them to build and install the infrastructure that will be carrying highly sensitive government secrets and blueprints for who-knows-what would be absolutely foolish.
The government would never allow them to build infrastructure for classified info (SIPRNet or JWICS, for instance). When the government needs gear for those applications they use American contractors who are closely vetted. Indeed, the NSA has its own semiconductor manufacturing fab at Ft. Meade for this reason.
The fear of hardware trojans is not new -- NSA has been putting trojans in hardware for at least four decades, thus they would never be stupid enough to let the Chinese give them equipment for networks that would carry secret government info.
This is more about the government trying to protect the corporate sector from economic espionage and IP theft and to stop the Chinese from wreaking havoc on non-classified networks (i.e. the Internet at large). There may be some merit to their claims that this is a real threat. From what I have read, the real evidence is in the classified reports, which obviously the media doesn't have access to. And hackers at DEFCON looked at the firmware of Huweai routers and said they were very crappy, full of bugs that were easily exploitable.
But, as others have said, most consumer electronics are manufactured in China, thus I see no reason to pick on Huweai and ZTE and not mention other companies.--
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