It appears you have not yet registered with our community. To register please click here...

Go Back [M] > Madshrimps > WebNews
Los Alamos pulls network switch Los Alamos pulls network switch
FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Los Alamos pulls network switch
Thread Tools
Old 9th January 2013, 08:26   #1
[M] Reviewer
Stefan Mileschin's Avatar
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Romania
Posts: 129,917
Stefan Mileschin Freshly Registered
Default Los Alamos pulls network switch

In one of the dafter "reds under the beds" and "beware the yellow peril" moves to come out of the United States lately, the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico has sent back some network switches because they were made by a Chinese company.

According to Reuters, a letter dated November 5, 2012, states that the research facility had installed devices made by H3C Technologies. For those who came in late H3C was a joint venture between China's Huawei Technologies and 3Com. In the end the outfit was bought by HP.

Reuters seems to think that the discovery raises questions about procurement practices by US departments responsible for national security.

However that sort of argument ignores the fact that the US government and Congress only raised concerns about Huawei and its alleged ties to the Chinese military and government only recently.

Unless the routers were caught sending data to mysterious Chinese gentlemen who wear roses in their lapels and carry a copy of the Times under their arm, there really was nothing to fear about old switches.

Reuters did not know the exact number of Chinese-made switches installed at Los Alamos, how or when they were acquired, and whether they were placed in sensitive systems or pose any security risks. But the US is very sensitive about Los Alamos because it was where the first atomic bomb was designed and is responsible for maintaining America's arsenal of nuclear weapons. The lab has been shut down in the past because its network security was not up to snuff, but this had nothing to do with Chinese hackers, or dodgy switches.

The letter says a working group of specialists, some from the lab's counter intelligence unit, began investigating and "focusing on sensitive networks".

The lab determined that a small number of the devices installed in one network were H3C devices. Two devices used in isolated cases were promptly replaced.

But what Reuters has not really looked at was how much this witchhunt cost and if it was at all necessary. Huawei sold its stake in H3C to 3Com in 2007.

While H3C's website describes Huawei as one of its "global strategic partners" and states it is working with it "to deliver advanced, cost-efficient and environmental-friendly products" that relationship is incredibly tentative.

What appears to have happened is that without engaging brain, the armed services committee ordered a purge of technology produced by Huawei or ZTE.

Yet at no point is anyone looking at the technology and wondering if it really is a security threat. Huawei, for example, works with the British government without any problems.

While the US military might be worried about Huawei routers, it is less concerned with the legends of technology gadgets which are being made inside China. Why should Chinese spooks place spying gear in a branded Chinese switch when they could easily sneak something into an iPad, Blackberry, Samsung, or any other electronic device made in China?

If China was involved in a war with the US, all it would have to do to bring the country to its knees is block imports for a month and wait for the food and electronic supplies to dry up.
Stefan Mileschin is offline   Reply With Quote

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Los Alamos nuclear weapons lab removes Chinese tech over spying concerns Stefan Mileschin WebNews 0 8th January 2013 08:41
Steam pulls zombie game The War Z after complaints Stefan Mileschin WebNews 0 22nd December 2012 07:22
Apple pulls out all the marketing stops Stefan Mileschin WebNews 0 18th September 2012 07:55
Apple pulls privacy app from its store Stefan Mileschin WebNews 0 23rd July 2012 08:17
Nvidia pulls GTX 590 to March 24th Shogun WebNews 0 20th March 2011 05:21
Google pulls the curtain off Chrome OS jmke WebNews 0 19th November 2009 22:21
network problems between linux pc and windows network kr15t0f Hardware/Software Problems, Bugs 11 30th April 2007 18:26
No graphics card pulls 300W jmke WebNews 1 17th November 2006 16:04
Intel pulls ATI bus licence jmke WebNews 1 24th July 2006 14:36

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 17:31.

Powered by vBulletin® - Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO