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Senate: No Exposure to Potential Chinese Cyber-Spying
CNBC.com | February 29, 2012 | 12:08 PM EST

Senate officials said Tuesday they are confident the US Senate has not been exposed to potential Chinese cyber-spying in the wake of allegations that the telecommunications company Nortel Networks was penetrated for years by hackers who appeared to be working from China.

The Wall Street Journal reported February 14 that Nortel’s corporate computer network had allegedly been penetrated by hackers as far back as 2000, and documents, technical papers, business plans and employee emails were among the information compromised.

The Journal, citing documents and former Nortel employees, said spyware was so deeply embedded in Nortel’s systems that it took the company years to realize the extent of the problem.

For much of that time, one of the Senate’s largest technology vendors was Nortel Government Solutions, a Nortel subsidiary, CNBC has learned. The Sergeant at Arms office, which is the principal administrative manager for most support services in the Senate, said that the contract with Nortel Government Solutions called for that company to conduct “cyber security monitoring and other network monitoring.”

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