Snowden Docs Reveal NSA Hacking of Key Chinese Tech Firm

Revelations based on documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and reporting on by both the New York Times and Germany’s Der Spiegel newspaper on Sunday show that the National Security Agency infiltrated China’s premiere technology company, obtained detailed product blueprints, spied on its executives, and took so much data the NSA analysts didn’t “know what to do with it” all.

The NSA’s targeting of Huawei—which makes devices for public use like smartphones but also industrial infastructure components used in large fiber-optic and other network systems is something like the Chinese equivalent of Apple and Cisco combined—is not surprising by itself. But the documents show a striking level of peneatration into the company’s network and also reveal that the targeting of high level political officials in the Chinese government, including former Chinese President Hu Jintao and his successor and current President Xi Jinping..

According to the Der Spiegel: