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|25th March 2014, 07:58||#1|
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US put the backdoors in Huawei gear
When the US was complaining that the Chinese firm Huawei had security backdoors, it knew this fact because it had put them there.
Huawei was banned from competing against US companies because these backdoors were apparently able to be used by the Chinese government to spy.
However according to papers discovered by Spiegel, the backdoors had been placed by the NSA as part of a major intelligence offensive against China.
The NSA made a special effort to target Huawei on behalf of US companies who were finding it hard to compete against the Chinese outfit.
At the beginning of 2009, the NSA began an extensive operation, referred to internally as "Shotgiant," against the company.
A special unit with the US intelligence agency succeeded in infiltrating Huwaei's network and copied a list of 1,400 customers as well as internal documents providing training to engineers on the use of Huwaei products, among other things.
NSA workers accessed the email archive, but also the secret source code of individual Huawei products. Beginning in January 2009 the NSA snuffled messages from company CEO Ren Zhengfei and Chairwoman Sun Yafang.
The NSA had such good access and so much data that it did not know what to do with it, states one internal document.
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