China Plans to Boost Internet Security after Huawei Spying Report
China plans to beef up internet security after allegations that the US National Security Agency spied on one of the country’s major telecommunications companies, according to Reuters. The Defense Ministry accused the US of “hypocrisy and despotic rule,” following news that the NSA infiltrated Huawei Technologies’ servers.
“For a while now, some Americans have jabbered on and on, condemning Chinese hacking attacks,” the Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng told Reuters. “But the truth is that this is without any basis in fact, it’s simply a thief crying ‘Stop, thief!’”
The spying reports made headlines on Saturday when “The New York Times” and German magazine “Der Spiegel” published articles based on classified documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The US responded to the allegations by saying it doesn’t spy for commercial advantages.
“I can tell you that our intelligence activities are focused on the national security needs of our country,” NSA spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.
The Chinese Defense Ministry also warned the US to stop selling arms to Taiwan, a democratic and self-ruled island that China still sees as a rogue province.
Besides Huawei Technologies, the NSA reportedly spied on Chinese politicians such as former president Hu Jintao, the Trade Ministry and several banking institutions.