Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Gurdian reports that the US nuclear weapons laboratory at Los Alamos that was the birthplace of the atomic bomb has replaced at least two network switches made by H3C Technologies, based in Hangzhou, China over fears they might pose a national security risk. H3C began as a joint venture between China's Huawei Technologies and 3Com, a US tech firm, and was once called Huawei-3Com. Hewlett Packard acquired the firm in 2010. In October, the US House intelligence committee issued an investigative report that recommended government systems should not include components made by Huawei or ZTE, another Chinese manufacturer. The report said that based on classified and unclassified information, Huawei and ZTE "cannot be trusted to be free of foreign state influence" and pose "a security threat to the United States and to our systems." The company, the world's second-largest telecommunications equipment maker, denies its products pose any security risk or that the Chinese military influences its business. "There has never been a shred of substantive proof that Huawei gear is any less secure than that of our competitors, all of which rely on common global standards, supply chains, coding and manufacturing," says William Plummer, Huawei's vice president of external affairs. ""Blackballing legitimate multinationals based on country of origin is reckless, both in terms of fostering a dangerously false sense of cyber-security and in threatening the free and fair global trading system that the US has championed for the last 60-plus years."
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