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US Spies Hacked into Huawei Systems -- Report

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The US spy agency is reported to have aggressively targeted China's Huawei and secured access to the source code for some of its hardware, according to a report based on documents from the whistleblower, Edward Snowden.

Although all telecoms companies were targetted, the documents suggest that Huawei was of particular interest to the NSA.

According to an analysis of the documents by Der Spiegel, a special unit succeeded in infiltrating Huawei's network and copied a list of 1,400 customers as well as internal documents providing training to engineers on the use of Huawei products, among other things.

The NSA was able to gain so much access as Huawei routes all its internal emails via it central office in China, and once that was hacked into, the NSA had access to the company's entire email traffic.

"We currently have good access and so much data that we don't know what to do with it," claimed one NSA document.

Huawei appears to have been targetted less because of US political concerns about the vendor, than because its commercial success meant its hardware was being used in increasing numbers of telecoms networks.

In a statement, Huawei spokesman Bill Plummer criticized the spying measures. "If it is true, the irony is that exactly what they are doing to us is what they have always charged that the Chinese are doing through us," he said.

On the web: Der Spiegel

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