New Snowden Docs Detail Extensive NSA Spying On Huawei
For years now Chinese hardware vendor has been used as a political bogeyman, numerous politicians claiming repeatedly that the vendor is little more than a spy for the Chinese government. These allegations came despite numerous investigations finding no evidence whatsoever
, while everyone seemed to ignored many of the allegations were found to be originating from U.S.-based competitors like Cisco (Washington Post, 10/12
) simply to keep Huawei out of the US market.
Now the latest Snowden documents reveal that while the United States was busy pointing the finger at Huawei, the NSA was busy hacking the company's gear and networks. According to the New York Times
, the NSA not only spied on Huawei, they worked tirelessly to exploit Huawei products so they could use them to spy on others:
The agency pried its way into the servers in Huawei’s sealed headquarters in Shenzhen, China’s industrial heart, according to N.S.A. documents provided by the former contractor Edward J. Snowden. It obtained information about the workings of the giant routers and complex digital switches that Huawei boasts connect a third of the world’s population, and monitored communications of the company’s top executives...“Many of our targets communicate over Huawei-produced products,” the N.S.A. document said. “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.
"The irony is that exactly what they are doing to us is what they have always charged that the Chinese are doing through us," noted one Huawei executive.