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BSNL Cautioned Against Possible Malware in Huawei Equipments

The Communications Ministry of India has warned BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.) that it is necessary to test the telecom networks supplied by Huawei, the Chinese equipments supplier, for malware, blackboxes and trapdoors. It is also necessary to check whether they are vulnerable to hackers' attack prior to making them operational.

In the 2nd week of May 2009, BSNL was given the permission to sign its telecom network contract with Huawei.

The warning from the Ministry has come due to its concern that hardware and network vendors from suspicious places, particularly China, might load backdoor components without revealing them when the vendors ship the contract products to BSNL.

A high-ranking official at the Home Ministry states that it is greatly possible that all the Chinese hardware that are available at fairly low costs implanted with malicious programs, as reported by MidDay on May 21, 2009.

The official further stated that according to the recommendations of the intelligence agencies, government offices should avoid using the Chinese hardware and other components in their PCs. He also cautioned that cyber crooks are trying to attack the websites and computer networks used by India.

Moreover, the manufacturers of the equipments frequently develop diagnostic facilities at their end at the time of framing networks. These diagnostic facilities don't only come to the notice of customer, but also not disabled when the manufacturers release the equipments into the market.

Security specialists state that the intelligence bodies emphatically cautioned that some Chinese MNCs as well as hardware makers might have been acting in close association with Chinese cyber criminals.

Notably, in 2008, one such Chinese multinational company underwent scanning by the intelligence when inputs flowed in that the India-based offices of the company were allegedly involved in infiltrating into some Korean websites. It was also believed that the Chinese government provided the company over US$ 5 Billion to diversify its operations in India.

According to the security specialists, China is always suspected for its support to cyber crime. Very recently, a global Internet spy network GhostNet run by Chinese hackers installed spyware on the computers of numerous nations that helped them to capture confidential data.

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