Did Chinese Security Firm Snag Too Many American Security Secrets Before The Barn Door Closed?
Just how much of Symantec’s security code does and has Huawei had access to? And how much of a risk does that present to American interests?
Let me be upfront about this: I do not trust this Huawei company. On the one hand, they could be like any other enterprise, trying to sell their products all across the world. On the other hand, they have ties to the Chinese military and keep trying to insert themselves into America’s networking infrastructure.
A few years ago, they tried to buy supercomputer technology by acquiring the assets of 3Leaf Systems. They tried to acquire networking giant 3Com back in 2008. Then, in 2010, they tried toinsert themselves into the Sprint Nextel network.
In each of these cases, surprisingly wise heads in the U.S. government interceded and prevented the company’s incursion into our security infrastructure.
Now, you need to understand that while Huawei could be just another technology company, it probably isn’t. Their CEO is a former Chinese military officer, the company has known ties to the Chinese military, and — as we sadly know — there’s some concern about China’s behavior when it comes to the United States.