India bans Chinese telecom equipment over malware fears

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

If you’re buying Chinese-manufactured telecommunications equipment for your business, could it be spying on your conversations and stealing your confidential data? Would you trust Chinese mobile phone equipment?

According to reports by the Associated Press, India has banned telecom companies from importing Chinese networking equipment – due to fears that they may have been implanted with information-stealing spyware.

In future, Indian telecoms companies will have to obtain “security clearance” from the authorities before projects involving Chinese equipment is approved, according to government spokesperson Satyendra Prakash.

Furthermore, he said, only Indian engineers will be allowed to operate and maintain the networks.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this news hasn’t gone down well with the Chinese who are smarting from the…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.