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China Partnering to Provide Cybersecurity for the US Defense and Intelligence Agencies??

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 17, 2011


China has a networking company called Huawei. It provides many of the same services as Cisco and Jupiter, but is different.The man who started and still runs Huawei was an officer in the Chinese red Army, and a communist party member. I do not wish to say that just due to his affiliation with the communist party and the red army, that the CEO Ren Zhengfei, could be biased for China due to his past, after all, look at a guy like dick Cheney, he was able to table his loyalties to Hal,, oh but i digress.
Although i am sure that the former officer of the red army does not allow his past to sway his judgment, others are not so sure. One of the biggest concerns about Huawei is that as it is privately held, no one knows who their clients really are, and their true relationship with the communist party. Aside from this, there was concern that Huawei had sold equipment to some of the worst groups in Afghan and Iraq (link,here,here,here)
which they deny. But the truth remains that they have been accused of allegedly syping and have been turned down by many countryies due to security concetns. England just disallowed a 50U$million ngift from Huawei, due in part to security concerns vz allowing this company to control their networks.

I am sure that this is nothing more than fear mongering after all, control of one’s communications is one factor leading to the ease with which GWB was able to attack Sadams home so quickly, so we should probably just relax as China is one of our bestest pals…..

Anyway, if you are the type to think that it may be a little worrisome to have this comapny who the NSA ‘discourages’ buying goods from huawwei due to dsecurity concerns, they have made inroads… read below…..

From this site
or here
http://the-diplomat.com/flashpoints-blog/2011/04/17/chinas-silent-cyber-takeover/

excerpt:
“…..Take the case of Chinese entity Huawei Symantec. Although Huawei has reportedly been blocked by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in its effort to acquire 3Leaf, and AT&T was said to be officially discouraged from purchasing equipment from Huawei by the National Security Agency (both due to national security concerns), Huawei successfully formed a joint venture with Symantec in 2007 called Huawei Symantec Technologies Co. Ltd. (HS). Huawei is the majority partner with 51 percent ownership, with the entity being headquartered in Chengdu, China. According to the Huawei Symantec website:

‘Huawei Symantec Technologies Co. Ltd. (Huawei Symantec) is a leading provider of network security and storage appliance solutions to enterprise customers worldwide. Our solutions are developed to keep pace with evolving risks and demanding availability requirements facing enterprises. As a joint venture, Huawei Symantec combines Huawei’s expertise in telecom network infrastructure and Symantec’s leadership in security and storage software to provide world-class solutions that address the ever-changing needs in network security and storage for enterprises.’

However, a 2008 corporate briefing describes the history, capabilities, and business goals of HS, one of which is to ‘build China’s first laboratory of attack and defense for networks and applications.’

Following all this to its logical conclusion, this essentially means that Symantec, a major US information security company, is ‘assisting’ China’s cyber security research in computer network attack and defence

One Response to “China Partnering to Provide Cybersecurity for the US Defense and Intelligence Agencies??”

  1. […] China Partnering to Provide Cybersecurity for the US Defense and … Huawei is the majority partner with 51 percent ownership, with the entity being headquartered in Chengdu, China. According to the Huawei Symantec website: 'Huawei Symantec Technologies Co. Ltd. (Huawei Symantec) is a leading provider of . […]

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