China steps up the arms race in the digital cold war

By Fergus Ryan

During his time in Hong Kong, Snowden revealed to the South China Morning Post that the NSA had targeted China’s Tsinghua University in extensive hacking attacks and that they had spied on Chinese mobile phone companies and stolen SMS data.

Chinese telco companies have been quietly amputating Cisco routers from the country’s internet backbone and the government is starting to reconsider the wisdom of using IBM servers in their banks.

Beijing is simply fed up with the hypocrisy of the US government and major technology corporations and is using the Snowden revelations as an opportunity not only to build its own technological independence, but to rival American tech companies across the globe.

The logic behind America and Australia’s snub of Huawei on national security grounds is precisely what is informing China’s increasingly aggressive attitude towards US tech firms (The long sting in Abbott's Huawei snub, November 7).

Perhaps most galling for the Chinese government has been the revelation that the NSA had been planting ‘backdoors’ directly into Huawei’s networks — which the US had alleged time and again that China itself was doing.

Read more here: Business Spectator

    

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