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US NSA infiltrates servers of China telecom giant Huawei: Report

Published on Mar 23, 2014 5:49 AM
 
A multi-chassis cluster router is shown inside the exhibition hall at Huawei's headquarters in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, Guangdong province, in this Oct 16, 2013 photo. The United States (US) National Security Agency (NSA) has infiltrated servers in the headquarters of Chinese telecommunications and Internet giant Huawei Technologies Co, obtaining sensitive information and monitoring the communications of top executives, the New York Times reported on Saturday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States (US) National Security Agency (NSA) has infiltrated servers in the headquarters of Chinese telecommunications and Internet giant Huawei Technologies Co, obtaining sensitive information and monitoring the communications of top executives, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

The newspaper said its report on the operation, code-named "Shotgiant", was based on NSA documents provided by Mr Edward Snowden, the former agency contractor who since last year has leaked data revealing sweeping US surveillance activities. The German magazine Der Spiegel also reported on the documents.

One of the goals of the operation was to find any connections between Huawei and the Chinese People's Liberation Army, according to a 2010 document cited by the Times.

But the newspaper said the operation also sought to exploit Huawei's technology. It reported that the NSA aimed to conduct surveillance through computer and telephone networks Huawei sold to other nations. If ordered by the US President, the NSA also planned to unleash offensive cyber operations, it said.

 
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