BEIJING: U.S. intelligence agency National Security Agency has infiltrated Chinese tech company Huawei’s servers since 2009, said China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS) on Wednesday.
The U.S. Office of Tailored Access Operation (TAO), an affiliate of the NSA, began invading the servers at Huawei headquarters in 2009 and conducted continuous monitoring, China’s MSS revealed in an article published on social media platform WeChat.
The MSS unveiled the U.S.’s multiple approaches to surveil and steal data from other countries days after its spyware, SecondDate, was identified in cyberattacks against China’s Northwestern Polytechnical University.
As a cyber-espionage weapon, the spyware has run secretly on thousands of network devices in many countries around the world, China’s National Computer Virus Emergency Response Center announced on September 14.
The TAO has carried out tens of thousands of malicious cyberattacks on China’s network targets, controlled tens of thousands of network devices and stolen a large amount of high-value data, according to the MSS.
The cases of cyberattacks and secret theft conducted by the U.S. have shown the despicable tactics of the “Empire of Hacking” in maintaining “cyber hegemony,” said the MSS.
The large-scale cyberattacks carried out by the U.S. intelligence agencies could not be achieved without the use of diverse cyberweapons, such as the Bvp4, Quantum, FoxAcid and Hive, disclosed by China since 2022.
With these weapons and equipment, the U.S. has carried out cyberattacks and espionage operations over 10 years’ worth of time against 45 countries and regions around the world, including China and Russia, covering telecommunications, scientific research, economy, energy, military and other core areas.
Under the guise of national security, the U.S. government took advantages of laws such as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. It forces technology companies to plant backdoors in their gadgets, software or applications to steal data from end users worldwide by embedding malicious code or attacking via loopholes. –The Daily Mail-CGTN news exchange item