Wednesday, 19 February, 2020

Senior Huawei Official Acknowledges Ability to Clandestinely Access Mobile Networks

White House Official Says Huawei Has Secret Back Door to Extract Data Senior Huawei Official Acknowledges Ability to Clandestinely Access Mobile Networks
Cecil Davis | 14 February, 2020, 22:09

"We have evidence that Huawei has the capability secretly to access sensitive and personal information in systems it maintains and sells around the world", says Robert O'Brien, national security adviser, according to the Journal report.

The rear doors were inserted for the use of law enforcement on carrier equipment such as base stations, antennas and switching equipment, the Journal said, and U.S. officials allegedly were created to be accessible by Huawei.

Lawmakers have signed the document on Monday night after weeks of dispute with supporters of the United States position that the Huawei equipment is unsafe, and that it can compromise the telecommunication network for data transmission to Beijing, to be used for spying.

Huawei mentioned that it would never do anything that compromises the network and data security of its clients.

Huawei's role as a telecoms vendor is to provide equipment that follows 3GPP/ETSI standards, just like every other vendor. 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.

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"This reflects The Wall Street Journal's bias against Huawei and undermines its credibility", Huawei explains.

"US officials say Huawei has built equipment that secretly preserves the manufacturer's ability to access networks through these interfaces without the carriers' knowledge". The second claim is that network access without operator permission can happen (though it is implausible) but that any such access would be discovered.

The biggest issue US officials have had with Huawei is their claim that it can clandestinely access mobile and computer networks via networking gear that it sells to telcos. Even The Wall Street Journal confesses that United States authorities are not able to offer any concrete information worrying these so-called "backdoors". The "interception interfaces are always located in protected premises on the operator's side", and are administered and utilized "solely by carriers and regulators", Huawei stated.

It's said the USA government provided proof to officials and telecommunications companies in the United Kingdom and Germany during a private meeting. Huawei, who was accused of spying in May, is now accused of taking advantage of backdoors and sneaking into mobile networks around the world.

"Why are so many smaller USA wireless companies working with Huawei, even after a 2012 government report warned that equipment from Huawei and ZTE could be used by the Chinese government for espionage?" asked FierceWireless' Tom Dano. The problems that erupted in May 2019 for the first time are still continuing, and the USA administration is making various charges against Huawei.