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Group Says It Has New Evidence of Cisco’s Misdeeds in China – NYTimes.com

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SAN FRANCISCO — An advocacy group that accuses Cisco Systems of aiding the Chinese government in monitoring and apprehending members of the banned Falun Gong organization said Friday that it had new evidence to suggest that Cisco specifically tailored its technology for that purpose.

The Human Rights Law Foundation, based in Washington, sued Cisco, a California-based manufacturer of networking equipment, last May in the Federal District Court in San Jose, under a statute that allows American companies to be sued for violations of human rights abroad. The suit accused Cisco of having helped China build a firewall, known widely as the Golden Shield, to censor the Internet and keep tabs on dissidents. Cisco at the time said it had made nothing special for China.

via Group Says It Has New Evidence of Cisco’s Misdeeds in China – NYTimes.com.

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Written by gatoMalo

September 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm

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  1. This fails the laugh test for me. While it appears that Cisco and IBM do sell such technology, they claim that they do not export it to China, and China has their own technology to do this

    Cisco & IBM networked surveillance products
    http://www.ibm.com/solutions/cisco/us/en/solution/O642292I18133Y74.html

    Huawei is a Chinese router company, who made the news a while back because they stole Cisco software and used it in their products, complete with Cisco copyright notices. They also claim to have such networked surveillance products for sale, in China:

    Google “Huawei Networked surveillance”
    http://www.huawei.com/enterprise/railway-video-monitoring-solution.do
    http://www.huawei.com/ilink/en/solutions/increase-revenue/HW_077389
    http://www.huaweisymantec.com/portuguese/Product___Solution/Solutions/iNVS/iNVS/

    Huawei is in the business of doing similar things on cell phone networks, it appears

    http://www.huawei.com/en/about-huawei/publications/communicate/hw-087949-21935-29037-hw_079962-hw_087947.htm

    As a retired router guy, I imagine that such a system would be implemented on edge routers, not on core routers. If that is true, who has the edge router market in China? Found this info

    http://www.marketreportchina.com/market/article/content/3377/201108/239121.html

    It appears that Huawei is outselling Cisco in edge router sales in China by a wide margin

    According to this blog, the facial pattern recognition software that China is using for security was developed in China

    http://www.loosewireblog.com/2006/02/chinas_facial_r.html

    Given that Huawei claims to be able to do these things, is based in China, and has ties to their military intelligence, and is making huge gains in their edge router sales in China, why would they need Cisco to do it for them? Still fails the laugh test for me.

    Chris Shaker

    cjshaker

    September 4, 2011 at 8:52 pm


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