Chinese bugs threaten missile defense?

Report says 'malicious' computer elements awaiting activation

Posted: June 04, 2009
12:00 am Eastern
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LONDON – Sophisticated electronic equipment built by the Chinese technology giant Huawei for Britain's telecommunications system could contain deliberately installed "bugs" that could be activated to damage the system that controls the nation's alerts for incoming missiles, according to intelligence analysts, says a report in Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.

Also targeted could be the nation's air traffic control system and a whole range of other vital telecoms and utilities that allow Britain to function.

The discovery comes from an intelligence-led MI5/MI6/GCHQ worldwide investigation that has found that 1,295 computers in more than 100 countries – including many belonging to embassies in London and Washington, Paris, Berlin and as far apart as Madrid and Tokyo – have been compromised.

It is the capability to shut down Britain’s state-of-the-art BT IT telecom system that has triggered alarm.

The warning comes from Alex Allan, chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), which acts as the "footbridge" between Britain's secret services and their political masters in the Home Office and the Foreign Office.

Allan was supported by John Scarlett, head of MI6, and Jonathan Evans, director of MI5. They met in the cabinet office with Prime Minister Gordon Brown, former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith – she stood down this week, and Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

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All three intelligence chiefs had co-authored a report entitled: "Cyber Espionage: The Threat."

The report – circulated only to the key government ministers – stated: "We believe that our electronic measures are not effective against deliberate attack by China."

The report focuses on Huawei and its "significant funding" from the Chinese state. Its chairwoman is Sun Yafang, who was the head of research at the three million strong Peoples Liberation Army.

A number of its company's top technicians were responsible for creating the key 10 billion British pounds worth of equipment for BT's new Internet technology.

The intelligence chiefs' report said the "threat level" from that technology "has been demonstrated elsewhere in the world and the impact would be very high on Britain if it was activated against us."

The contract with Huawei was made by Britain's former Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt in 2005.

Barely 20 years old, Huawei is today one of the world's most powerful companies with projected sales this year equaling 21 billion British pounds. ... eId=100028