posted on Oct, 8 2012 @ 05:20 PM
Well played on this one... Hmm...
First, great source on this Sonnny. Wired is one of the sources I respect and until recently had a subscription to for years. I catch it all online
now. However, they're solid and largely unbiased as they are in this one. They lay out all sides..but don't really take a stand either way
politically which I'm happy to see because on this one I gotta disagree with you a bit. The reason is partially related to things you couldn't have
known as factors and I happen to be in the right place to see.
I read this as Cisco playing dirty through Uncle to slam out the Chinese networking from a market Cisco is coming to call their very own as much as
Microsoft does on Operating systems or Wal-Mart has come to be the retail defacto in the real world for many many areas.
When starting College I was in the Networking program first and just in time for the big transition the school made from a general and diverse
networking education base to one 100% and entirely taught to, literally, the Cisco way and Cisco standards with Cisco material for a general system
they developed. They've come to so totally dominate areas of the market, they literally ARE the market for students graduating out of Cisco system
colleges. (even I use a Cisco commercial grade router at home...and the best I've ever had too
I just checked on opensecrets/org and Cisco is definitely not Apolitical either. 2012 has their contribution funding favoring democrats 2:1. In 2010,
it was Republican favorite....totally opposite in 2008 and back to hedging Republicans in 2004 on a fairly even split between them. They obviously
play politics close and by the direction the wind is blowing election to election. Pretty lucky so far too.
Why focus on Cisco? Security is no reason beyond the public who wouldn't have time or need to learn more about all this.
However, just a few years back it was revealed the NSA had backdoor arrangements into Windows of all things and your article mentioned the standing
U.S. Federal Law for allowing wiretap access including how it extends now to Internet hardware. So............ The idea that their Automatic updating
feature to their own FIRMware (Programming on the chipsets...and an advanced thing (Read: Not recommended) for normal people to do) is a security risk
is stupid. If it wasn't an auto update it would be an IT update and that sort of an update isn't the kind of thing that gets torn up and dissected
normally anyway. It's FROM the people who made the device to UPDATE the device itself.
So...I'd call the security aspect as a whole a red herring..and the ONLY real beneficiary here is Cisco..and looking at how China can really change a
market by economy of numbers alone, Cisco benefits huge by the lockout this caused and general air of 'eeeeeehh...maybe not' for using future things
not American (Read:Cisco) made on networking. Well played indeed. -Tips Hat to Cisco- ..In my opinion.