NSA Targeted Chinese Firewall Maker Huawei, Leaked Documents Suggest
When the mysterious Shadow Brokers dumped a cache of hacking tools used by an #NSA -linked group last week, researchers quickly identified a number of the spy agencies’ targets, including American security companies like #Cisco, #Juniper, and #Fortinet. But until now, no one noticed that the leaked files suggest the NSA has also been targeting—and was likely able to hack—firewalls made by #Huawei, a Chinese manufacturer of network infrastructure often seen as a threat to American companies given the suspicion that the Chinese government might have a backdoor and could spy in its products. The revelation is contained in an instruction file part of the leak. Within one of the leaked files (TURBO_install-new.txt) there are references to VRP 3.30, a version of Huawei’s proprietary operating system. While 3.30 is an older version, it still appears to be popular, according to a search on Shodan, which returns more than 1,600 devices running that version, mostly in China.