Bloomberg: Huawei may owe cyber espionage to its 5G success
Long before the Chinese company Huawei achieved great success in the field of 5G technology, in the early 2000s, the large Canadian company Nortel was engaged in the successful development of wireless networks, called 4G and 5G. However, the success of Nortel not only brought great income to its management, but also made the company a target for competitors, writes Bloomberg.
According to the publication, in the late 1990s, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) became aware of "unusual traffic" indicating that hackers from China were stealing data directly from Nortel's headquarters in Ottawa.
“We went to Nortel in Ottawa and told their management:“ They deflate your intellectual property. ” But they didn’t do anything, ”quotes Bloomberg of Michel Juneau-Katsuya, who was then head of the Asia Pacific Pacific Division of CSIS.
In 2004, hackers hacked into Nortel top management accounts. Using the account of Frank Dunn, the chief executive of the company, the attackers sent about 800 documents to China, including PowerPoint presentations, analysis of sales losses, projects of American communications networks and even the source code. The documents were handed over to a certain Shanghai Faxian company, with which Nortel had no deals.
Using the Il.browse script, cybercriminals “pumped” entire sections from the computer networks of a Canadian company: Product Development, Research and Development, Design Documents & Minutes, etc. Nortel senior security adviser Brian Shields compared the activity of hackers at that time. with a vacuum cleaner. Years later, Shields began to consider Nortel’s hacking and inability to take adequate measures as the beginning of the end of the Canadian tech giant. According to him, the company never tried to establish how the accounts were hacked, and simply changed the passwords. No wonder they were hacked again. Nortel went bankrupt by 2009.
Who was behind the hacking and what kind of data was stolen has not been established for certain. Nevertheless, according to Shields and other experts who investigated the incident, the PRC government was involved in a cyber attack, which sought to weaken Western competitors and promote its technology companies, in particular Huawei.
According to Huawei, the company did not know anything about the hacking of the Canadian tech giant, it had nothing to do with it and did not receive any documents belonging to Nortel.
“Everything is very simple and clear. Nortel ruined economic espionage. Just see who became Number 1 in the world and how fast, ”said Shields.