NSA tried to hack Huawei to spy on customers

Posted on Monday, Mar 24 2014 @ 11:38 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Not that long ago Huawei was accused of industrial espionage but now it turns out that the NSA did some hacking of its own to find a way to exploit Huwai's product. Neowin writes the latest Snowden leak reveals the NSA hacked the Chinese communications giant to try to find a way to spy on end users. It's unknown if the NSA managed to achieve its goal.
During the “Shotgiant” program, the NSA reportedly retrieved the company’s source code for several products, due to ongoing suspicions of the Chinese company.

Judging by the reports from The New York Times and Der Spiegel, there is no word on whether the security agency was successful in finding vulnerabilities on Huawei’s gear, which could have led to direct access to customer's devices. The report reveals other documents, such as customer lists and emails, were also stolen in the online raid.

The hacking scandal came in a time where it was believed the Chinese company was a threat to national US security. The NSA was also concerned that the Chinese government might use Huawei's presence in foreign countries for espionage purposes.

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