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China’s dominant telco vendors ZTE Corp and Huawei will take part in US congressional hearings next month regarding investigations of alleged Chinese spy threats to US telecommunications infrastructure. The House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has invited both ZTE chairman Hou Weigui and Huawei …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    If you don't want strange code in there it might be best to not outsource the job. Fucking obvious, no?

    1. LarsG

      Protectionism or

      Is there a genuine threat?

  2. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

    "laws to deal with national security threat posed by Chinese kit"

    1) Of what nature would those security threats be exactly?

    2) More to the point, of what nature would these laws be?

    3) Does anyone in there really understand the economics of having "secure telecom infrastructure"?

    4) Does anyone really expect infrastructure with debug facilities and known tap points that might even have gone through a certain knowledge-based economy of the Middle East to be secure?

    5) The Athens Affair! Enough said.

  3. Charles Manning


    Xenophobia is a sign the USAians feel their future is under threat. Blaming the Chinese is very convenient.

    Check one more signs the recession is biting and the US economy is collapsing.

    1. Magani
      Black Helicopters

      Re: Xenophobia

      Just because they're xenophobic doesn't mean that the outsourced tech isn't phoning home.

      1. P. Lee

        Re: Xenophobia

        True. A properly configured firewall and security infrastructure should mean that their outsourced tech isn't phoning home.

        I'm not sure I like the implication that the government is happy if domestically-produced kit phones home!

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Chinese Congress wants a word with Cisco, HP

    .. how did that make you feel?

    -- anonymous, because I'm a coward and dont want to be extradited.

  5. frank ly

    Friends in high places

    "... requesting detailed disclosure about Chinese government relations and their international pricing strategies."

    I'm sure the HoR members and all the admin staff involved would never pass the pricing information on to their contacts in US telecom infrastructure companies.

  6. Chronos
    Big Brother

    Not so obvious

    This is, IMHO, more to do with the ability to insert snooping systems into telco kit rather than the reports going the wrong way. The least of us know how to monitor and block such things. The real issue is that the USians have absolutely no control over ZTE and Huawei and no access to their codebase so back-doors and other such technological internal rogerings will be harder to implement.

    Sunshine, you're the enemy they're really concerned about, not the Chinese.

  7. Nev

    Ecomist Article

    There was a good cover article on Huawei a few weeks ago:

  8. technojools


    Does Huawei network kit have subversive code and identifiers that allow it to be contacted when connected to an Internet network? Is there DRAC / ILO like features that the Chinese government can use?

  9. MachDiamond Silver badge


    Congressional investigations in the US are a load of manure in a blender. They don't "investigate"; they abuse, accuse and belittle those they question and enter into the sessions with their opinions firmly in place.

    Moiety hit the correct answer straight off.

  10. sueme2
    Black Helicopters

    Para Noia

    It simply pays and pays to be vigilent. I wonder what evil lurks in them there chips. Turnbull? how did good old Oz manage to get a retarded GWB clone running for leadership? He has what might be called a "gift"

  11. dssf

    turn a what??

    turnabut... Umm, turnABOUT is fore... Umm, FAIRplay

    Butt, who is the actor and who is the acted up on??? Hahaha

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