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Boeing Uses Spy Technology To Beat Airbus?  
User currently offline747OrDie From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 63 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 10 months ago) and read 6007 times:

Last night 60 minutes re-ran a story about "echilon", a high tech spy network that can capture just about any communication transmission worldwide. They alleged that Boeing "may" have received sensitive proposal information via the network that was intended to go from airbus to Saudi Airlines. Apparently, they theorized that the American Gov't wants their corporations to beat foreign corporations, and so they forwarded the Airbus deal numbers to Boeing execs, allowing them to customize the perfect offer!!

Does any one have any REAL information about this? And, if it is true, what should be done?

Viva la 747!

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User currently offlineSndp From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 553 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (15 years 10 months ago) and read 5957 times:

I would recommend not to make big conclusions out of this news, as we do not know whether it is really true. If it is, however, this is again a sign that, although we think the USA are the father and the biggest defenders of the free economy, they are actually only 'free' when it is good for them. Read Flight International from last week, saying that Washington is asking companies not to participate in the A3XX programme; remember them arguing about Airbus receiving money, giving money to Boeing themselve; remember a member of Congress asking to stop giving airlines buying Airbusses new slots at slot restricted airports; .... I can give examples enough. It is time we realize America is not a defender of the free economy in the world, but only when they can make profit out of it. I really hope this news is false. If it isn't, I would, again, be very dissapointed.

User currently offlineOxygen From Hong Kong, joined Sep 1999, 675 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (15 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5931 times:

USA was not a big defender of free economy. If you look up in economics books, most chart will show that in terms of 'freedom of economy', USA is only about in the middle, while the least free is North Korea, and the most free is Hong Kong.

User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2155 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (15 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5914 times:

All companies spy on their competition to some degree or another, either in house or using experts in the field, and I am sure that both Boeing and Airbus are not exempt here. The real ethical questions arise when people steal intellectual property (e.g., through patent infringement) or otherwise engage in deceptive (and sometimes illegal) practices. I doubt there is any reliable information available to the public to determine whether Boeing (or Airbus) is guilty of such activity; as such, one would do best by presuming innocents unless guilt has been established in a recognized court of law.

The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
User currently offlineNavion From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1033 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (15 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5900 times:

Just 3 years ago 60 Minutes ran a story about European industrial espionage, with the French being the most involved. It included massive aerospace espionage as well as all of the published aeronautical information by NASA which is available to everyone in the world (such as airfoil design etc.). My my, what's old is new again.

User currently offlineWidebody From Ireland, joined Aug 2000, 1152 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (15 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5897 times:

.....apparently it's written into the constitution of the FAA that they protect and aid the development of American companies, and this has been suggested as the reason why they are so reluctant to act on NTSB recommendations regarding Boeing problems......

User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4534 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (15 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5850 times:

I agree with Fanofjets. All corperations spy on eachother. They have inside people, and some of them are even double spies. This spy technology seems more like a rumor.

User currently offlineIndianGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (15 years 9 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5793 times:

Well, it is well known that the US maintains an 'economic-intelligence' wing, which specializes in these kind of dirty games. Apparently, wing technology developed by airbus, has ended up on the 777, couretsy a lot of help from this particular intelligence wing.

And we hear Americans accusing Europeans, Chinese and Indians of 'stealing' their nuclear, missile and aircraft technology! HA!

Who would want to steal from thieves?

User currently offlineNavion From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1033 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (15 years 9 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5762 times:

Indian Guy, you obviously have an axe to grind with the U.S. Your last sentence "who would want to steal from thieves" is funny. I guess you think that not only does America not come up with the most advanced technology year in and year out, but they in fact have almost none!!! How else can that be construed?! Also, to imply the "discarded Airbus technology" has shown up on the 777 is a joke. Come on, stop embarassing yourself.

User currently offlineAvion From Bouvet Island, joined May 1999, 2205 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (15 years 9 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5744 times:

Currently european investigators are looking at the Saudi Arabian and other issued. If they find a proof that the Us uses the echelon center for industrial espionage and not for espionage of eastern european countries Germany will revoke the licence for it! \

Several Eu firms haved filed complaints.


User currently offlineTupolev154B2 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1332 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (15 years 9 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5741 times:

A little off-topic, but isn't/wasn't the Echelon system also used to spy on telephone calls and e-mails from individuals? Or was that another system? From 60 Minutes I also heard that several European governments have begun using encryption to get around this spy system; has it been working?


User currently offline777x From United States of America, joined Dec 2014, 432 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (15 years 9 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5735 times:

Note that the french also have a similar spy network, and they have been counter accused of doing the same thing

All politics and hot air if you ask me


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