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CISCO CHIEF PROTESTS NSA’S INTERCEPTION OF EQUIPMENT

May 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The CEO of computer networking giant Cisco Systems has called upon President Obama to order the NSA to halt intercepting technical equipment shipped from the U.S. and installing surveillance software in them. As reported by the London Financial Times, The letter from John Chambers follows the release of new documents and photos leaked by Edward Snowden in which NSA technicians are seen working with Cisco equipment. Chambers warned the president that such activity “will undermine confidence in our industry and in the ability of technology companies to deliver products globally. We simply cannot operate this way; our customers trust us to be able to deliver to their doorsteps products that meet the highest standards of integrity and security.” In December Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine reported that the NSA has for years compromised a variety of communications devices shipped from the U.S. by intercepting them in transit and installing monitoring software or modified firmware — so-called backdoors — on them.