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Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers 297

Posted by samzenpus
from the get-out-of-there dept.
pdclarry (175918) writes "Glenn Greenwald's book No Place to Hide reveals that the NSA intercepts shipments of networking gear destined for overseas and adds spyware. Cisco has responded by asking the President to intervene and stop this practice, as it has severely hurt their non-U.S. business, with shipments to other countries falling from 7% for emerging countries to over 25% for Brazil and Russia."
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Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers

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  • Hypocritical (Score:5, Interesting)

    by DaMattster (977781) on Monday May 19, 2014 @08:17AM (#47037165)
    I find it funny how the US government accused Huawei and ZTE of building in backdoor access while engaging in the exact same practice. I don't doubt that they do, they just haven't been caught red-handed. Pun full intended. I'm guessing that even if Obama were to issue an executive order halting the process, it would be largely for show. The actions will continue under renewed secrecy.
  • Re:Hypocritical (Score:4, Interesting)

    by upuv (1201447) on Monday May 19, 2014 @08:29AM (#47037229) Journal

    How do you think the NSA found the Chinese back doors?

    Kinda of a duh moment don't you think?

  • Re:Hypocritical (Score:5, Interesting)

    by NotDrWho (3543773) on Monday May 19, 2014 @08:49AM (#47037325)

    I find it funny how the US government accused Huawei and ZTE of building in backdoor access while engaging in the exact same practice.

    It's funny. I was watching the news this morning and one of the lead stories was about the arrest of a bunch of Chinese officials for "cyberspying." And the first thing that I thought when I saw that was "I wonder what the Administration is trying to hide with this stunt." So I come on Slashdot and this is the first story I see this morning. Guess I know now why those Chinese dudes got arrested.

    Smart strategy. Whenever a story breaks about YOUR cyberspying, just stage a distraction stunt to highlight OTHER COUNTRY'S cyberspying.

  • Don't complain. Sue. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Karmashock (2415832) on Monday May 19, 2014 @08:50AM (#47037335)

    Don't complain. Sue.

  • by MaskedSlacker (911878) on Monday May 19, 2014 @08:51AM (#47037345)

    The Republican spin machine will easily manipulate their "base" to not only accept it, but DEMAND that the big corp's profits are protected at the base's expense.

    Let's face it, the electorate is informed by mass media and mass media is incompetent and in bed with their corporate masters.

    You can't have it both ways. Either they're willful manipulators or incompetent buffoons, but not both. At the most they might be willful manipulators pretending to be incompetent buffoons, but that is not the same thing.

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