Despite spy raps, DepEd taking China computers

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MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Education (DepEd) will go ahead and accept the donation of a cloud-based computer network from Huawei Technologies Co. despite allegations linking the Chinese telecommunications giant to espionage activities for Beijing.

In a statement on Monday, the DepEd said it had “security protocols in place” that allowed new computer hardware and software to be installed by outsiders.

Nevertheless, the DepEd said the system Huawei was donating to the DepEd central office “will be subjected to scrutiny as it is being installed and used.”

“Donations to the DepEd are accepted in good faith. Those involving computer hardware and software are checked by our ICT unit. We have taken steps to ensure the safety and integrity of our data. We have safety protocols in place for our internal network,” the statement said.

“Moreover, the system will be subjected to scrutiny as it is being installed and used. Part of the agreement is to determine first how best to use the equipment,” it added.

On July 26, the DepEd formally accepted a donation from Huawei Philippines of 50 computer units that would operate on a virtual desktop cloud-based infrastructure system.

The system will be installed in the DepEd central office within the month, according to the memorandum of agreement.

The DepEd was unaware that a week before the memorandum signing, the former head of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Michael Hayden gave an interview where he said Huawei had spied for the Chinese government.

Hayden, a former general who also served as head of the National Security Agency, said intelligence agencies had hard evidence that Huawei supplied sensitive information to Chinese officials.

“We were not aware of this allegation when we signed the MOA with them and accepted their donation,” Education Undersecretary for Partnerships and External Linkages Mario Deriquito said on Friday night.

“We consider this a serious matter. We will look into this and study the matter very well before we do anything,” he said. The governments of the US and Australia have barred Huawei from doing business in their respective countries, while the United Kingdom is investigating the allegations.

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  • Alex Alvarez

    Their dsl routers, modems, high speed broadband routers, their gpon have backdoors. They can used those backdoors to gain access to your network and sniff/capture sensitive data.

    They have also applications embedded to capture all packets and redirect those packets to China.

    Iyong PDAF ng mga pesteng pulitiko, hingin niyo ng makabili kayo ng gamit, made in japan….. meron ba?

    Or maginstall kayo ng end to end hardware encryption from thales, iyong IP base ha……..aside from installing firewalls, Nokia, watchguard or fortinet, pero make sure na disabled ang SSH ng di ma backdoor ng mga hinayupak kasi mostly iyang product na iyan are made in china………..

  • RedRose_13

    Di niyo alam, nagkalat sa mundo ang Made in China electronics tulad ng laptop at smartphone, e kung pinaglalagyan nila ito ng chip na puwedeng mag-espiya, ano na!??

  • akramgolteb

    Ay t a n g a !

  • mynnyx

    wala talagang isip itong mga taga deped na ito……………………huwag tanggapin yan………………………

  • hustlergalore

    huwag niyong lagyan ng internet. or kahit anong network connections.
    gawin niyong stand alone.

    andiyan naman ang globe at smart to facilitate espionage para tsina.

    hahahahahahah

  • Demo001

    And now the Trojan has arrived

  • joboni96

    sa napakalaki naman ng budget ninyo at
    sa dami ng affordable pilipino i.t. experts

    pinapasok pa ninyo ang intsik switik
    mahina talaga mga utak ninyo

    tulad sa pagisip ninyo sa k-12
    pampahirap sa pamilyang pilipino

  • JC

    kainis tong government natin…

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