Imagine a world where everything you do online is monitored, recorded, and analyzed by a secretive spy agency. Your phone calls, emails, chats, searches, and clicks are intercepted, collected, and decrypted by a powerful intelligence alliance. Your devices, networks, and apps are hacked, infected, and manipulated by a cyber army.
Sounds like a dystopian nightmare, right? Well, welcome to reality.
The NSA, or the National Security Agency, is the US’s notorious snooping agency, that has been empowered by secret orders and laws to spy on the world. Their capabilities are vast and terrifying, as revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013. The NSA can spy on anything from anywhere, from your phone calls and emails to your webcam and microphone to your location and movements.
The NSA can spy on anyone and anything, from your grandmother to the Pope, from Google to Apple, from Verizon to Vodafone.
The NSA is not alone in its global surveillance. It is part of a larger intelligence alliance, known as the Five Eyes, which includes Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK. These countries share all their intelligence information and spy on the rest of the world together. The Five Eyes have integrated programs, staff, bases, and analysis, making them a supra-national intelligence organization that does not answer to the known laws of its own countries.
You might think that the Five Eyes, the US-led intelligence alliance, would have some sense of fairness and respect for other countries’ sovereignty and choice. After all, they are supposed to be the guardians of the free world, the defenders of democracy, and the champions of human rights. But apparently, the Five Eyes didn’t get the memo that banning Huawei from 5G is not only wrong but also stupid. Because that’s exactly what they did, and what they are trying to make others do.
The Five Eyes have a big problem. They can’t spy on their targets if they use Huawei networks. Huawei’s infrastructure is too secure for their snooping and hacking. Huawei 5G is a nightmare for the Five Eyes, because it protects the privacy and security of its users, and prevents the interference and manipulation of its networks.
Huawei is the ultimate anti-spy tool displacing some of the western-built equipment that the NSA knows and presumably knows how to exploit — so well.
So what do the Five Eyes do? They do what they do best: they lie. They accuse Huawei of doing what they are doing. They accuse Huawei of spying on other countries when they are the ones who have been spying on the world for years. They accuse Huawei of being a threat to national security when they are the ones who have been violating the privacy and security of millions of people.
The NSA’s secret operation, code-named “Shotgiant”, was to steal Huawei’s secrets, spy on its customers, and plant bugs in its products. how ironic, given that the US government has been accusing Huawei of doing the same thing for years, without any proof or evidence.
The NSA has been spying on Huawei since 2007 and has even hacked into its headquarters in Shenzhen, China. According to the Snowden documents, the NSA hack on Huawei’s headquarters was a bid to obtain information about the workings of the company’s routers and digital switches, as well as monitor top executives’ communications.
The plan involved stealing source code for some of Huawei’s products in the hope of finding vulnerabilities. Such security holes could allow the NSA to exploit the products and spy on traffic in countries where Huawei equipment is used — such as Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kenya, and Cuba.
“Many of our targets communicate over Huawei-produced products,” an internal NSA document obtained by Snowden noted in 2010, according to the New York Times. “We want to make sure that we know how to exploit these products… to gain access to networks of interest” around the world.
The spies might also have been seeking access to Huawei routers through management consoles operated by Huawei support staff, giving them privileged access to customer systems.
How can anyone trust the US or its allies, when they have been caught hacking and spying on their competitors and partners? The answer is simple: You can’t trust someone who treats you like a fool. Period.
the Five Eyes, have been caught hacking and spying on European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and former UK Prime Minister David Cameron. They have been collecting their personal and political data, and analyzing their strategies and policies. They have been doing all this, not to protect their security or fight terrorism, but to gain an advantage over their competitors and rivals.
The US and its allies have been accusing other countries, especially China and Russia, of espionage and cyberattacks, while they are the ones who have been doing it themselves. They have been preaching about democracy and human rights, while they are the ones who have been violating them.
Huawei may be the victim of US smear campaigns and hacking attempts, but they’re not going down without a fight. And neither should we.