Senior Huawei Official Acknowledges Ability to Clandestinely Access Mobile Networks

Yolanda Curtis
February 14, 2020

Trump's repeated threats to the United States' European allies to fall into line with U.S. policy on Huawei are failing. A senior Huawei official has acknowledged that network access without operator permission is technically possible, as Huawei has gone from saying "it cannot happen" to "it can happen but someone would notice it". There was also this blockbuster Washington Post story this week highlighting how the USA bought cryptography company Crypto AG, then abused that ownership for decades to weaken encryption and spy on its allies.

'We have evidence that Huawei has the capability secretly to access sensitive and personal information in systems it maintains and sells around the world, ' national security adviser Robert O'Brien told the Wall Street Journal. The United States has actually been sharing its intelligence with allies as it attempts to encourage them to stop utilizing Huawei items, however still hasn't made the proof public. In a statement, the company told the Journal that it "has never and will never do anything that would compromise or endanger the security of networks and the data of its clients". According to the sources of The Wall Street Journal, Huawei does have this access, without the providers knowing about it. "Huawei has never and will never covertly access telecom networks, nor do we have the capability to do so", a Huawei spokesperson said in response.

The spokesperson explained that the company was "very indignant" that U.S. government officials had "spared no efforts to stigmatise Huawei" using cybersecurity issues.

In ConsumerAffairs' research on the who, what, and where of this case, we found a multitude of telcos that use Huawei equipment. In this function, accessing consumer networks without their permission and presence would be hard. It is these portals that Huawei has exploited, which goes against the industry standards because it is at the manufacturing end. But the interfaces must be built in such a way that the manufacturer can gain access only with the consent of the network operator, the Journal said.

"Huawei doesn't develop or produce any interception equipment beyond this", the business stated.

The report quoted usa officials saying that Huawei was using backdoors that were intended for law enforcement for more than a decade.

"The remarks made by United States officials completely ignore the huge investment and best practices of Huawei and carriers in cybersecurity risk management", the Chine company said. Now, officials are getting specific, claiming the Chinese hardware manufacturer has maintained backdoors into some of the networks it builds, starting as early as 4G equipment sold in 2009.

The United States/Huawei disagreement assists show the value of file encryption.

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