U.S. Claims Huawei Has Secret Backdoor Access To Telecom Networks

Ruben Fields
February 14, 2020

Huawei has never and will never covertly access telecom networks, nor do we have the capability to do so.

Germany seems willing to allow Huawei to participate the deployment of German mobile networks fifth generation (5G), despite attempts by the United States to expel the Chinese vendor from all countries of Europe.

In a recent report, Chinese manufacturer, Huawei denies a Wall Street Journal report which claims that the United States has evidence of Huawei's ability to spy with its equipment.

"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 Wall Street Journal" quoted U.S. government officials as saying, "We have evidence that Huawei has the ability to secretly obtain confidential and personal information from the network equipment it sells and maintains".

The US Government's ongoing battle with Chinese tech gain Huawei saw a new development when officials from the Trump administration have now gone on record to say that Huawei possesses backdoor access to mobile networks it helped build around the world. Huawei denied these charges at jet speed.

USA knowledge of the alleged back door has remained highly classified until late past year, when officials began sharing the information with allies to persuade them to boycott Huawei.

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In response to the news, several congressional members on Capitol Hill are decrying the move as unconstitutional and unsafe . Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the Senate Appropriations Committee vice chairman, said.

It would be costly and potentially risky for Germany, Europe's largest economy, to exclude Huawei.

As in the United Kingdom, all three network operator in Germany use the technology of Huawei, and outright ban could prove costly and delay the deployment of 5G for clients in all parts of the country.

The company added that the US has again failed to provide any concrete evidence of its claims.

It would be foolish to completely disregard claims of espionage from the Chinese Government, but these statements from the US Government to the WSJ look more like a propaganda campaign, an offensive move to turn the tide of public opinion.

"Why are so many smaller US 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. They have been observing the company and the backdoor access since 2009 in early 4G equipment. However, the U.S. has consistently accused Huawei of being a security threat.

In ConsumerAffairs' research on the who, what, and where of this case, we found a multitude of telcos that use Huawei equipment.

The Journal reported that the US has been aware of Huawei's alleged backdoor access since 2009, but officials declined to say if they've actually observed the company exploiting those loopholes. "That's simple: Huawei equipment is apparently good and cheap".

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