Is it cyber espionage? or is it an nasty accident that could have been prevented? Shane Todd is the victim in this cyber espionage case. The 29 year old Shane Todd moved to Singapore for an engineering job with a government research firm called the Institute of Micro Electronics or IME.
"He was a young man that wanted an adventure and thought it would be super-cool to live in a foreign country and he really liked it when he first got there," Mary Todd, his mother, recalled.
Huawei has denied handing over client information and data to the Chinese government, as authorities revealed serious cyber attacks in Australia have risen more than 50 per cent over the past year.
The world's largest telecommunications equipment maker, founded by a former Chinese People's Liberation Army engineer, has been banned from taking part in the $37 billion national broadband network (NBN) after Australian spy agencies raised security concerns.
Researcher Felix "FX" Lindner has just revealed to attendees of his talk at security conference Hack In The Box how easy it is to gain access to Huawei routers and telco equipment, spelling out how backdoor access is not necessary if an attacker wants to get in and access traffic that runs through them.
He told the packed room in Kuala Lumpur, "I don't know if there are backdoors - but it doesn't matter since there are so many vulnerabilities."
A Congressional report due on Monday and a '60 Minutes' story about it Sunday night are putting the alleged threat to U.S. information technology networks from Chinese telecom giant Huawei in the spotlight.
The report from the House Intelligence Committee, which has been studying Huawei, says the company may have violated U.S. laws and poses a security threat to the country.
The report comes after nearly a year of investigation by the committee into the activities of both Huawei and another big Chinese telecom company, ZTE.