Chinese telcos branded national security risk for US

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  1. SajeevJino

    SajeevJino Long walk Elite Member

    Feb 21, 2012
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    Inside a Cage
    In a report published today, the US
    permanent select committee on
    intelligence says the two firms represent
    a clear and present national security risk
    because of their alleged links with the
    communist government. Committee
    members fear that "backdoor" and
    monitoring facilities could be secretly
    present in their equipment, allowing, for
    instance, industrial designs to be stolen
    and copied before they are patented or
    registered as copyright.

    A draft version of the report was quoted
    by Reuters as saying that Huawei and ZTE
    "cannot be trusted to be free of foreign
    state influence" and so represent a
    national security threat, especially in the
    light of the companies' move into
    telecoms markets where their equipment
    is used to control critical infrastructure
    like the US power grid.

    It is unclear, however, if the committee's
    assertions are based on evidence, fear or
    something close to commercial
    protectionism. The unclassified version of
    the committee's final report, due to be
    published today, is not expected to
    publicly reveal details on what, if
    anything, has been found lurking deep
    inside Huawei and ZTE hardware, software
    and firmware.

    Speaking in a CBS TV news programme at
    the weekend, committee chairman Mike
    Rogers, a former FBI and US army
    wiretapping technology specialist, said
    that US firms using Huawei and ZTE kit
    should "find another vendor if you care
    about your intellectual property; if you
    care about your consumers' privacy and
    you care about US national security".

    Executives at Huawei and ZTE Corp have
    strongly refuted the report's claims. Both
    deny that they pose any threat, with the
    former describing the allegations of
    government control as a "baseless,
    dangerous political distraction".

    Indeed, aside from US-owned Cisco
    Systems and Juniper Networks, the
    telecoms switching and routing arena is a
    field where many large players are
    foreign. French-owned Alcatel-Lucent,
    Swedish-owned Ericsson and the Finnish-
    German joint-venture Nokia-Siemens
    number among market-leading firms. As a
    result, ZTE is baffled why the focus should
    have fallen solely upon itself and Huawei.
    The intelligence committee's move may
    have vast repercussions: where does it,
    for instance, leave mass-market devices
    like the Apple iPhone, which is assembled
    in China? Analysts already worry about a
    possible "kill switch" being unknowingly
    introduced into a billion transistor chips.

    Will there now be a hunt for secret
    surveillance Trojans - whether they are
    hardware or software - in offshore-
    produced gadgets..

    One Per Cent: Chinese telcos branded national security risk for US
  3. marshal panda

    marshal panda Regular Member

    Dec 19, 2010
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    What is free knowledge, US gets for a cost.
  4. winton

    winton Regular Member

    Oct 6, 2012
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    US will look after the US.

    Of course we all know that the US will never put bugs and backdoors into their own equipment makers and even that of foreign ones like Crypto AG.

    they are going by experience. if they do onto others than surely other will do unto them.
    aeroblogger likes this.

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