An Intelligence Story That Should Be Getting A Lot More Play

The CSM today:

In a 52-page report, the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee warned US companies and government agencies not to do business with either Huawei or ZTE, respectively the world’s second- and-fifth largest manufacturers of routers and other Internet and telecoms gear.

Citing the firms’ unclear relationships with the Chinese government, the report claimed that they “provide a wealth of opportunities for Chinese intelligence agencies to insert malicious hardware or software implants into critical telecommunications components and systems.” Such implants could act as a “backdoor” into sensitive US information systems, sending data back to China, the report suggested.

It’s rare for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to actually do very public oversight on a real problem. This report definitely falls into that category and is absolutely worth the read.

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