Now South Florida Internet casters should be worried. Their traffic data may go through and be scanned in China. The Chinese high-technology prowess thrust on to the West. In 2005, Chinese Company Lenovo bought the “hardware” American invented at IBM’s PC division. Rightly so, this transaction marked a beginning: it reflected perfectly the Chinese surge on the high-technology field. Now we only talk about The Asian giant as the world factory it has become because it reinvented manufacturing. Facing this danger, some security experts raise the alarm that the Communist Party may one day be able to efficiently spy the West through telecommunications.
Indeed, Parliamentary Committee and trade relations between China-US issued a report, echoed by the South Florida local press, saying that Asiatic nation diverted Internet traffic to its servers for eighteen minutes in April, 2010. Asian country Telecom engineers changed “course” of their routers, indicating on their computers that worldwide traffic was faster moving data through Asian giant pathways. Result: a part of the global Internet traffic passed for a few minutes through Chinese servers. They had a chance at scanning and analyzing the information. True, that lasted only eighteen minutes, but experts agreed the Chinese carried out a thorough test.
Huge power is worrisome. Heavy data throughput over the Internet are not encrypted, if they are, a good, simple decoder breaks the codes. Just a few weeks ago, Asian giant presented Tianhe-1A, the most powerful supercomputer in the world. 2,566 petaflops achieved through two joined Americans processors, Intel (Xeon) and Vida (Tesla). This power is the equivalent sum of next two American world ranked supercomputers; Tianhe-1a is an ideal tool for scanning hefty Web traffic, extracting relevant information, breaking any encryption codes.
By 2011, Eastern nation will exceed the United States and Japan in the number of patents filed. After 2003, the annual volume of patents filed by Chinese enterprises increased by 26% a year, five times higher than US firms. At this rate, Far East country will move on the forefront by 2013. The balance of the royalties paid by any company using the patent of another will be reversed. Is China the new world brain? Or is Silicon Valley luster already in decline or falling?
East nation keys on telecom. At the present pace, few years hence, Chinese manufacturers could have a monopoly of telecommunications equipment. That is the concerns security experts fear that the Far East giant has found a way to spy on data exchange. Disguising sniffers on equipment becomes the norm. “Protectionist reflex judge ZTE” is a report by the American Congress showing that these fears are not ill conceived
Foxconn will soon have 1.4 million employees. Even just making products for Western companies, Chinese firms are moving away from the “poor-quality” mantra. These gamuts know how to build quickly highly complex products without defects. As proof, the iPhone assembly line 4, Apple darling and components packed in a few cm3 were entrusted on Foxconn. This Taiwanese Company employs one million workers at Chinese factories in Shenzhen. They partner with HP and Dell, and just announced more than 400.000 hires for 2011.
Two less prominent giants are worth mentioning: Huawei and ZTE. Unknown in the West, they are nonetheless telecom colossus worldwide. They signed partnerships with large brands that buy terminals priced for sale under their name. ZTE, top mobile vendor, builds Canadian RIM and its popular BlackBerry. These two Chinese competitors are big players in the telecommunications infrastructures market. Routers, NICs, relay antennas or key 3 G: nothing escapes from their sway to the regrets of American and European telecoms like, Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Motorola or Nokia-Siemens.
But not everything is that simple: US based telecom manufacturers and operators are required by Patriot Act, providing information requested by any State information agency, no matter the nationality target. Spying through Telecommunications will be nothing new; it will only change hands. Clearly, our Internet traffic will find its way through China and will be scanned, too.