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Leaked White House Report Finds No Evidence Of Huawei Spying

from the politics-at-work dept

Remember that Congressional report from last week that warned everyone to fear Huawei, the Chinese telco equipment maker? Much of the fearmongering was around Huawei's close ties to the Chinese government (and military specifically) with no actual allegations, but plenty of speculation that there could be espionage issues. Of course, now, details of a White House report have leaked, claiming that they found no evidence of Huawei spying. They do point out that there are problems with Huawei equipment that could lead to exploitable security flaws -- which is certainly an issue. Of course, that seems like an issue that security experts to deal with, rather than politicians...


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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Oct 17th, 2012 @ 5:16pm

    But but but cyberdeggon!!!!
    It has to be them!!!!!
    ZOMG FOR THE CHILDREN AND THE CHILDREN OF TERRORISTS!
    oh wait...

    Tired of media churn. Tired of sound bite politics. Tired of watching the country devolve into a pool of blathering morons.

     

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    out_of_the_blue, Oct 17th, 2012 @ 5:22pm

    WH could be lying, mistaken, incompetent, or is a false leak.

    Mike chooses to believe the least likely one of the five.

    Know how to better ensure there's no hidden tricks here or anywhere, Mike? -- SUSPECT SO UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE. -- But you don't even suspect nothin'.

     

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    Theoden, Oct 17th, 2012 @ 5:28pm

    Re: WH could be lying, mistaken, incompetent, or is a false leak.

    That's only 4, Bright Boy.

    Kinda takes the wind out of your thesis.

     

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    Keroberos (profile), Oct 17th, 2012 @ 5:52pm

    Problems that could lead to exploitable security flaws? You can say the same about all computer/networking equipment/software.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 17th, 2012 @ 6:09pm

    You don't have to worry about the Chinese spying. The WH will take care of that for them. They just need a few more laws passed saying it's legal to take your data.

    All this pumping about cybergadden? The only reason the government is concerned is that they've already initiated it all. They now fear retaliation from their own works.

    Remember, the pentagon has already said it considered cyberwarfare an act of war. So what has been going on with Iran? They didn't even wait to declare war, they just went in and started dishing out malware. Now that Iran is starting to set up to dish it back out at the US banks and the like, suddenly the US is concerned with virtual warfare.

    DUH!

     

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    Mr. Applegate, Oct 17th, 2012 @ 6:15pm

    Re: WH could be lying, mistaken, incompetent, or is a false leak.

    out_of_the_blue:

    I suspect that you; wear a tin hat; are a white male; are of middle age; are a troll; illegally download music, movies, ebooks, and gay porn; secretly enjoy the gay porn and sell the movies, music and ebooks; were a Nazi; are a terrorist; haven't been laid for at least 10 years (perhaps never).

    Everyone at techdirt knows all of these as true facts, at least until proven otherwise (to our satisfaction). I am sure you won't mind if we regularly impune your reputation and espouse that each and every one of the above statements are accurate and immutable truths at least until we are satisfied, beyond all doubt that they are not true.

    Now seriously, it is one thing to have suspicions or even to discuss them behind closed doors. It is quite another to publicize them and spread pure propaganda with no evidence at all.

    Now, stop eyeing that cucumber!

     

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    Mr. Applegate, Oct 17th, 2012 @ 6:19pm

    Re:

    "They just need a few more laws passed saying it's legal to take your data. "

    Actually, I think both parties have proven that they really don't care what they laws are, they will take your data and dare you to challenge the government's AUTHORITA!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 17th, 2012 @ 6:20pm

    I can't wait for them to keep making the same accusations, get called out for shamelessly lying to the public, and then still keep making the same accusations. (Shouldn't take more than a week or two.)

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Oct 17th, 2012 @ 6:39pm

    Re: Re: WH could be lying, mistaken, incompetent, or is a false leak.

    as self appointed spokesman for teh gays...
    we don't want him you have to keep him.

    kthksbai

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 17th, 2012 @ 8:03pm

    Wasn't the White House hacked a few weeks ago? Sarcastically, let's ask whether we REALLY consider them an authority on the subject...

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/01/white-house-hacked-cyber-_n_1928646.html

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 17th, 2012 @ 9:06pm

    Huawei or No Way

    Huawei is da best. Hopefully dem gonna keep long time transmits for good...no more security

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 17th, 2012 @ 10:32pm

    Re: Re: Re: WH could be lying, mistaken, incompetent, or is a false leak.

    No one said he was gay, they said he illegally downloads gay porn. Don't have to be gay to enjoy a bit of porn.

     

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    ethorad (profile), Oct 18th, 2012 @ 1:23am

    Re:

    Maybe Sony, the Whitehouse, StratFor, Iranian uranium centrifuges etc, etc have all been using Huawei equipment?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2012 @ 1:53am

    i am sure that if looked for, there will be found problems with all manufacturers equipment that could lead to exploitable security flaws. this has only been brought up over Huawei because of it being near to election time and some prick in government has got it in for the Chinese. that is, until the Chinese has something the US doesn't have but desperately wants!

     

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    Thomas Corriher, Oct 18th, 2012 @ 2:09am

    History shows that trusting a communist nation is a very dangerous thing

    This is not merely a technical issue (non-political) if the security "flaws" are INTENTIONAL. Take the infamous N.S.A. private security keys found in Microsoft's software many years ago placed allow the U.S. government to spy into any Window-based "private" network. This sort of thing isn't just some rare occurrence. Spying and dirty tricks are NORMAL in the history of the world, and yet we seem to learn nothing at all from history. Moreover, the Chinese government is easily among the worst of the worst, but it is too politically incorrect to cite that nowadays.

    Technical people are some of the kindest and most ethical people around (I'm a former tech myself), but it is that good nature which makes them the most naive.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2012 @ 4:55am

    Re: History shows that trusting a communist nation is a very dangerous thing

    Huawei != China

    I like the way you talk about not trusting communist nations and then your example is an American Government and American company!

    Fail!

    The thing about Huawei is that they offer open source drivers to most of their hardware. These are drivers that have been accepted into the Linux kernel and so have passed the usual peer review that goes on there.

     

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    Michael, Oct 18th, 2012 @ 5:19am

    Re: Re: History shows that trusting a communist nation is a very dangerous thing

    "I like the way you talk about not trusting communist nations and then your example is an American Government and American company!"

    Exactly. Everyone knows the US is a military dictatorship with the entertainment industry pulling it's strings.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Oct 18th, 2012 @ 7:13am

    Re: Re: WH could be lying, mistaken, incompetent, or is a false leak.

    This has be in the funniest comments of the week... Have my funny vote dear sir. Now to grab a towel to clean the mess - which reminds me I should not drink while reading a comment marked with LOL.

     

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    gorehound (profile), Oct 18th, 2012 @ 5:06pm

    I do not trust anything that is coming from this Government.Of course there is no proof.The whole thing was BS from the getgo.

     

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    Huntington Beach Thyroid Institute, Apr 16th, 2013 @ 12:55am

    Natural Remedies For Thyroid

    I think it is possible with technical issue. To find the explanation on this issue government need to deal with security experts.

     

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