Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:38 AM
dipsydoodle (42,239 posts)
Exclusive - U.S. nuclear lab removes Chinese tech over security fears.
(Reuters) - A leading U.S. nuclear weapons laboratory recently discovered its computer systems contained some Chinese-made network switches and replaced at least two components because of national security concerns, a document shows.
A letter from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, dated November 5, 2012, states that the research facility had installed devices made by H3C Technologies Co, based in Hangzhou, China, according to a copy seen by Reuters. H3C began as a joint venture between China's Huawei Technologies Co and 3Com Corp, a U.S. tech firm, and was once called Huawei-3Com. Hewlett Packard Co acquired the firm in 2010.
The discovery raises questions about procurement practices by U.S. departments responsible for national security. The U.S. government and Congress have raised concerns about Huawei and its alleged ties to the Chinese military and government. The company, the world's second-largest telecommunications equipment maker, denies its products pose any security risk or that the Chinese military influences its business.
Switches are used to manage data traffic on computer networks. The exact number of Chinese-made switches installed at Los Alamos, how or when they were acquired, and whether they were placed in sensitive systems or pose any security risks, remains unclear. The laboratory - where the first atomic bomb was designed - is responsible for maintaining America's arsenal of nuclear weapons.
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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:44 AM
ROBROX (392 posts)
1. I WORKED AT THE SISTER LAB LLNL
During the past 40 years counter fit parts have been coming into the LABS because the office people buy the CHEAP parts. These people are just worried about money versus security.
In the past, I know the high security computers were NOT connected to outside computers or did this also change?
There are all types of nationals at the Labs because it is looking for good researchers. I am not saying that classified research is being done by people WITHOUT the correct clearance. I did have a DOE "Q" clearance for 34 years. I also did work at NTS and handled radioactive samples collected after bomb tests in the 70's. I be one RADIANT dude.