USA: Huawei uses backdoors in cellular networks around the world


The US is attacking, Huawei is defending.

US government officials say they have evidence that Huawei has access to mobile networks around the world. The Wall Street Journal published an article citing the words of one of US security advisors, Robert O'Brien. Americans say that they do not have to provide the public with any evidence to this state of affairs, but they decided to share them with the governments of Great Britain and Germany.

Cited by the Wall Street Journal, O'Brien says: "We have evidence that Huawei has secret access to confidential and personal information on systems that he maintains and sells around the world.". The statements are accompanied by a comment from WSJ investigative journalists: "The United States maintained a high level of secrecy of its intelligence data until the end of last year, when US officials gave details to allies, including Great Britain and Germany, as confirmed by officials from three countries. Earlier, US officials said they did not need to provide hard evidence of the threat that Huawei represents for the safety of other nations. "

Backdoors in networks are created for law enforcement purposes – this is a common practice all over the world. Interestingly, the presence of such backdoors in telecom networks is regulated by law. Manufacturers of telecommunications equipment who sell their products to operators, "they are required by law to incorporate technology into their equipment that gives authorities access to the network for lawful purposes"but at the same time "they are also required to build equipment in such a way that the manufacturer cannot access the network without the consent of its operator", writes WSJ. Huawei is supposed to break the law by using backdoors without obtaining permission.

Huawei responds to the allegations

The Chinese producer denies the allegations stating that "she never did and will not do anything that would threaten the security of the network and customer data". Huawei representatives also say that "The United States has made recent allegations without providing any specific evidence. No Huawei employee may access the network without the express consent of its operator."

Huawei's responses are accompanied by the emission of a film explaining in a very accessible way what are backdoors and what they are used for.

For several months, the Donald Trump administration has been doing its best to discourage its allies from implementing Huawei infrastructure in their countries. Last September, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and US Vice President Mike Pence they even signed a declaration on building a 5G network. An alternative to 5G technology from Huawei in Poland are to be solutions from Swedish Ericsson.

There is no doubt that the highest level scuffles we are all witnessing are only political gamewhose stake is which of the world powers will serve more international markets.

That's how I see it:

huawei vs usa

Source: WSJ