NSA targeted Chinese telecoms giant Huawei – Guardian
The National Security Agency created “back doors” into networks maintained by the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, according to a report released on Saturday.
The report comes from a document provided by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and disclosed by the New York Times and Der Spiegel. It will add to embarrassment in US government circles, in light of an October 2012 US House of Representatives intelligence committee report which said US firms should avoid doing business with Huawei and another Chinese telecoms company, ZTE, because they posed a national security threat.
The Times and Spiegel reports said that in an operation code-named Shotgiant, the NSA gained access to the company’s servers in Shenzhen, obtaining information and monitoring communications between executives. Among those whose emails the NSA was able to read was the president of Huawei, Ren Zhengfei.
Huawei, which maintains operations in the UK despite all but ending its attempts to access the US market, due to government resistance, claims to connect a third of the world’s population. It is also the world’s third-largest maker of smartphones, after Apple and Samsung.
Saturday’s reports quoted from the 2010 document: “Many of our targets communicate over Huawei-produced products. We want to make sure that we know how to exploit these products.”