Australia blocks Chinese-owned Huawei from bidding on national broadband plan

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  1. nitesh

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    Australia blocks Chinese-owned Huawei from bidding on national broadband plan

    China's reputation for cyber-espionage has cost the country's largest network equipment manufacturer a shot at billions of dollars in infrastructure sales to Australia. The Australian government has moved to block Huawei from bidding on Australia's approximately $36 billion-dollar National Broadband Network project.

    The decision by Australia's attorney general, reported March 26, was based on concerns raised by the Australian Security Intelligence Organization over the number of cyberattacks coming out of China, and that the company's equipment would provide the Chinese government backdoors into the network. "The National Broadband Network is the largest nation-building project in Australian history," a spokesperson for Australian Attorney General Nicola Roxon said in a statement, "and it will become the backbone of Australia's information infrastructure. As such, and as a strategic and significant government investment, we have a responsibility to do our utmost to protect its integrity and that of the information carried on it."

    The Australian government has cause for concern. In 2011, the computers of Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and then-Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd were reportedly hacked by Chinese intelligence agents. And the US defense and intelligence community have continued to warn about China's involvement in industrial espionage.

    Huawei has been alleged to have benefitted from that espionage in past: Cisco accused the company of stealing technology from Cisco, but dropped its legal claims in 2004 after Huawei stopped producing a contested product. And the US Department of Defense expressed concerns about Huawei in a 2011 report to Congress (PDF) on Chinese military and security issues, because of the company's close ties to the People's Liberation Army.

    Those connections haven't stopped Huawei from selling network gear elsewhere. The company has won a number of large network infrastructure supply contracts in Europe, including equipment for the deployment of LTE wireless in the UK. And Huawei has been hoping to replicate that success in Australia by bringing in local political muscle: the board of the company's Australian subsidiary is stacked with former government officials, and chaired by the former commander of the Australian Navy, retired Rear Admiral General John Lord. The company also sponsored trips to China for members of the leadership of Australia's Liberal Party. In fact, it was believed that Huawei was the internal favorite after the technical team for the NBN visited the company's headquarters in Shenzen in 2010.

    So the announcement has come as something of a shock to the company's Australian executives. "This sort of whole concept of Huawei being involved in cyber warfare, presumably that would just be based on the fact that the company comes from China and everybody in China is—who's involved with information technology is involved in cyber warfare," said Alexander Downer, an independent director of Huawei Australia and a former Australian foreign affairs minister, told reporters for an Australian TV network. "This is just completely absurd."
     
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    Despite being unfairly treated in different countries (America, India, Australia, UK)for its Chinese background, Huawei is still one of the fastest-growing global telecom vendors, which once again proves its strong competitiveness.
     
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    Good decision. Such deceptive companies backed by CCP should be kept away from such nation wide plans.
     
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    There is too much of hauwa over Huawei.

    Good decision to keep the Chinese far and safe.
     
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    asianobserve Elite Member Elite Member

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    What do you expect?

    "AUSTRALIAN intelligence agencies warned the Gillard government there was "credible evidence" Chinese telco Huawei was connected to the Third Department of the People's Liberation Army, which is responsible for cyber-espionage.

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    Unfairly treated? :lol:

    Huawei is not only a front for espionage but a known malware provider too.
     
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    Gr8 move by Australian govt. same expected from GOI :thumb:
     
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    Done that by GoI. BSNL dropped plans of awarding a contract to Huawei for telecom infrastructure like 2 years back. Everybody is wary of the Chinese and for the right reasons.
     
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    Give me one piece of evidence proving Huawei provides malware, then you can have this thread.

    Please note, by evidence, I mean something official and formal, instead of some dubious speculations about the PLA background of the founder.
     
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    Read this.

    Now, honorably excuse yourself from this thread. I'm feeling a little dizzy, or I would have dug out an entire library of information from the free countries's free press for you.
     
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    Instead of proving their insecurity, what else can be proved?

    Huawei provides malware? What malware?

    What is in link has no difference with the article posted by the thread starter.

    They are talking about Huawei's equipments endangering national security, and the only reason they can find is Ren zhengfei was a PLA.
     
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    Malware as in espionage. When you act smart and get the context, why ask?

    Only reason?

    You guys are doubted the world over as parasites who have no ethics when it comes to IP rights. Even Russia says so.
     
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    A company formed by a former PLA, pain the world over. How do you think Chinese do these? Huawei is a front for Chinese espionage the world over. Are you dumb? You are here to troll right?

    Malware probes find a China angle

    US to confront China over cyberspying

    China accused of decade-long cyberespionage attacks

    After finding Chinese malware, AlienVault gets $8M round

    Why is China always on the news? There is a fire, and the smoke is the malware, which is hidden.
     
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    Oracle don't feed the troll.
     
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    I was just playing with it for sometime, till I hammer it. :)
     
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    Well, if Aussies do this kind thing to us, they for sure could expect reciprocal treatment from China in the future. Huawei, just leave Kangaroo Island for now, for good, there are other markets to explore.
     
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    Until and unless business houses in China distances itself from PLA and the CCP, nothing substantial would come out of it. No sane Country would do business with a company having shady relationship with the PLA or the CCP. It's just not trustworthy, more so when most of the major web attacks have been traced back to China.
     
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