If there’s one thing that Indians have become increasingly paranoid about these days, it is the spectre of Chinese companies sneaking in malware and spying technology into telecom equipment and other hardware that they sell to Indians. So, this neuroses is not going to be helped any by recent news that Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei allegedly hacked state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam’s network.
India has launched an investigation after a media report alleged that Chinese telecoms company Huawei had hacked into state-run telecoms carrier Bharat Sanchar Nigam, a senior government official said. “An incident about the alleged hacking of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) network by M/S Huawei … has come to notice,” Killi Kruparani, junior minister for communications and information technology, said in a written reply to a question from a member of parliament. “The government has constituted an inter-ministerial committee to investigate the matter,” the minister said on Wednesday, without giving details.