US NSA spies on China telecoms giant Huawei [report]


Oct 4, 2010
The US National Security Agency has secretly tapped into the networks of Chinese telecom and internet giant Huawei, the New York Times and Der Spiegel reported on their websites Saturday.

The NSA accessed Huawei's email archive, communication between top company officials internal documents, and even the secret source code of individual Huawei products, read the reports, based on documents provided by fugitive NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

"We currently have good access and so much data that we don't know what to do with it," states one internal document cited by Der Spiegel.

Huawei -- founded in 1987 by former People's Liberation Army engineer Ren Zhengfei -- has long been seen by Washington as a potential security Trojan Horse due to perceived close links to the Chinese government, which it denies.

The United States and Australia have barred Huawei from involvement in broadband projects over espionage fears.

Shenzhen-based Huawei is one of the world's leading network equipment providers and is the world's third-largest smartphone vendor.

The original goal of Operation "Shotgiant" was to find links between Huawei and the Chinese military, according to a 2010 document cited by The Times.

But it then expanded with the goal of learning how to penetrate Huawei computer and telephone networks sold to third countries.

"Many of our targets communicate over Huawei-produced products," the NSA document read, according to The Times.

"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.

Huawei is a major competitor to US-based Cisco Systems Inc. - but US officials insist that the spy agencies are not waging an industrial espionage campaign on behalf of US companies, as Snowden has alleged.

"The fact that we target foreign companies for intelligence is not part of any economic espionage," a senior intelligence official told reporters Thursday.

The goal of economic intelligence efforts is "to support national security interests," and "not to try to help Boeing," the official said.

Source : Sapa-AFP /kn
Date : 23 Mar 2014 06:39


Oct 4, 2010

The US National Security Agency spied on the leaders of China as well as Chinese banks and the telecommunications giant Huawei, a German news magazine reported Saturday in its online edition.

Former Chinese president Hu Jintao was among those targeted, according to Spiegel Online, which said its source for the information was documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The foreign and trade ministries in Beijing also were spied on by the NSA, according to Spiegel. The documents show that the NSA put an especially large amount effort into an operation that started in 2009 targeting Huawei, the world's second-largest supplier of telecommunications networking equipment and a major competitor to the US company Cisco.

A special unit of the NSA managed to infiltrate about 100 locations on Huawei's network and copy internal documents, the report said. This included a list of more than 1,400 customers and documents outlining training procedures for engineers who use Huawei products.

This gave the NSA access not only to an email archive, but also to individual products' secret source code - the most closely guarded intellectual property computer companies hold.

One of the internal documents quoted in the report indicated that NSA had so much data it didn't know what to do with all of it.

The NSA said the reason for its probing of Huawei was many of its targets communicate over Huawei products and this meant it had to keep up with the latest technology. In addition there has been concern that China could use widely distributed networking infrastructure products made by Huawei for espionage purposes.

Whether the NSA found proof of that hypothesis was unclear.

The NSA mission is part of a digital offensive the United States has mounted against China, the magazine said.

The two countries increasingly have been wrangling over dominance of the internet.

In the past the US repeatedly branded China as the source of hacker attacks and espionage activity.

Source : Sapa-dpa /lk
Date : 22 Mar 2014 23:45


Executive Member
Jul 6, 2011
They are the masters of deceit and deception , accusing other countries of the deceit that they them selves a doing .
"In the past the US repeatedly branded China as the source of hacker attacks and espionage activity."

They are very good at stabbing their allies in the back when they are no longer needed .

People wonder why most of the middle east hate Americans this is just one of the reasons .


Honorary Master
Jul 30, 2010
And it's amazing how arrogantly open they are about doing it, not even trying to deny it.


Expert Member
Sep 24, 2009
I read this, then I am reminded of this.



Executive Member
Oct 5, 2005
This is exactly what the NSA's mandate is. I don't know why this is controversial.