NSA Allegedly Intercepts Shipments of Servers To Install Spying Backdoors


Today in a published excerpt of his forthcoming book, No Place to Hide,Glenn Greenwald reports, citing documents from 2010, that the NSA intercepts routers and servers being shipped from the United States overseas and compromises them.

The document that the revelation is based on, according to Greenwald, will be released tomorrow.

Backdooring American technology not only dramatically undercuts its potential attractiveness to potential foreign purchasers, but also represents an almost comical hypocrisy given that the U.S. government has repeatedly fretted that China could be compromising technology from local firms such as Huawei.

A taste from 2013:

Chinese telecom provider Huawei represents an unambiguous national security threat to the United States and Australia, Gen. Michael Hayden, the former director of the National Security Agency (NSA) […]

When asked to confirm that hard evidence exists that Huawei has spied on behalf of the Chinese government, Hayden said, “Yes.”

As Greenwald notes…

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