Further to the “Comments”–especially 5. regarding Ontario–at this post,
two stories from earlier this year:
1) Nortel hacked to bits
Under mounting pressure to prove China-based hackers had infiltrated the vast global computer network of Nortel Networks Corp. all the way to the chief executive’s terminal, Brian Shields says he had no choice but to go rogue.
Armed with nearly two decades doing security for the now-defunct Canadian company whose technology still powers telecommunications networks around the world, he had spent a day just before Christmas 2008 digging through the Web browsing history of then CEO Mike Zafirovski, known to colleagues as ‘Mike Z’. Mr. Shields was convinced there were criminals working on behalf of China’s Huawei Technologies Co. accessing the CEO’s files, but his hunch hadn’t been enough for his immediate bosses to grant him direct access to the top man’s PC…
2) Nortel turned to RCMP about cyber hacking in 2004, ex-employee says
Nortel Networks Corp. approached the RCMP about Chinese industrial espionage in 2004 but got no help from Canadian law enforcement or intelligence agencies, according to a former employee concerned about the theft of valuable intellectual property.
Brian Shields, a 19-year Nortel veteran who served as a senior systems security adviser, told The Globe and Mail that the company received little help from security agencies and was only approached by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service shortly before Nortel filed for bankruptcy in 2009…
Reports of hacking at Nortel have refocused attention on industrial espionage, possibly from China, and comes shortly after Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies inked two network deals with Canadian wireless carriers BCE Inc. and Telus Corp. during Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s trade mission to China.
Mr. Shields said an internal investigation showed that for almost a decade, hackers from China downloaded “volumes” of internal Nortel documents, from top-secret R&D to business plans…
Huawei, now the world’s second-biggest network equipment maker, on Wednesday said “this unseemly speculation is unfortunate.”
But one telecom industry veteran said that around 2004, it was clear to many that Huawei was copying Nortel’s telecom hardware, and even its instruction manuals.
Maybe we should ask the US House intelligence committee to investigate seeing as no-one up here seems to have done much–at least that’s been made public. And the Ontario government has given money to Huawei. Go figure.
Mark Collins is a prolific Ottawa blogger
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