Business Insider | June 8
Chinese companies apparently
have a covert capability to remotely
access communications technology
sold to the United States and
other Western countries and could
"disable a country's telecommunications
infrastructure before a military
engagement," according to former and
current intelligence sources.
The Chinese also have the ability
to exploit networks "to enable China
to continue to steal technology and
trade secrets," according to the open
source intelligence company Lignet,
which is comprised of former U.S.
The issue centers on the Chinese
firm Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.,
which U.S. intelligence sources say has
direct links to the Chinese government
and the People's Liberation
Army, or pla. These sources assert
that Huawei and other Chinese telecommunications
firms such as zte
Corp. have "electronic backdoors" to
telecommunications technology sold
to the U.S. and other countries. ...
The problem of fake Chinese electronic
components, which were installed
by defense contractors without
prior testing and are operating in U.S.
military systems, is far more widespread
than originally thought.
These parts don't just come directly
from China, but also from suppliers
in Britain and Canada who redirect
Chinese products to U.S. defense
contractors. These counterfeit components
have been found in sensitive U.S.
missile systems meant to thwart the
potential of a Chinese missile attack,
in night vision devices