Huawei is the world's second-largest networking company, and a serious competitor to San Jose-based Cisco as the primary creator of Internet infrastructure. It's also the latest corporation revealed to be targeted for hacking attacks by the NSA. Der Spiegel reports:
"We currently have good access and so much data that we don't know what to do with it," states one internal document. As justification for targeting the company, an NSA document claims that "many of our targets communicate over Huawei produced products, we want to make sure that we know how to exploit these products." The agency also states concern that "Huawei's widespread infrastructure will provide the PRC (People's Republic of China) with SIGINT capabilities." SIGINT is agency jargon for signals intelligence. The documents do not state whether the agency found information indicating that to be the case.
This comes from documents leaked by Edward Snowden. The same documents say the NSA attacked the previous Chinese President Hu Jintao as well as Chinese banks and the Trade Ministry.
This sort of thing is exactly what many have accused Chinese government hackers of doing to American corporations and officials. Click here to read the whole story from Der Spiegel.