Quoted: on Chinese routers as competition for NSA spying

“Chinese routers and servers represent not only economic competition but also surveillance competition.”

an excerpt from “No Place to Hide,” a new book by Glenn Greenwald, one of the first journalists to publish a report last year based on documents leaked by former U.S. government tech contractor Edward Snowden — leaks that have revealed massive NSA spying. Among many other things he discusses in the book, Greenwald says the NSA “routinely receives — or intercepts — routers, servers and other computer network devices being exported from the U.S. before they are delivered to the international customers.”

The allegation about intercepting hardware is nothing new; German magazine Der Speigel reported the same thing in an article about the NSA’s elite hacking units late last year. But Greenwald ventures that the U.S. warns against using Chinese-made routers and servers — for example, it has driven Huawei away — for a couple of reasons: 1. Because of perceived national-security threats; and 2.  Because it wants to be able to implant surveillance tools in more of similar types of equipment.


Photo: Glenn Greenwald’s new book, “No Place to Hide,”  is seen at a bookstore on May 13, 2014, in Miami. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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