The US has been aware of Huawei, the Chinese multinational technology giant having backdoor access to mobile networks. According to a Wall Street Journal article, US officials claim to have evidence that the company has access to numerous mobile-phone networks globally.
For a while now, the two countries are in a technological war and now with the allegations, it has taken a new turn. “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, the US National Security Adviser in the article.
However, US officials are still keeping the pieces of evidence away from the public eye. But they have shared the information with countries like Germany and the UK.
The US Bans Huawei
US officials and the government are trying their best to get Huawei out of the picture. They have been observing the company and the backdoor access since 2009 in early 4G equipment.
The backdoors were used for law enforcement use into carrier equipment. Things like switching gears, base stations, and antennas were allegedly designed to be accessible by Huawei. Telecom-equipment makers are bound by law “to build into their hardware ways for authorities to access the networks for lawful purposes.” But they also have to build it in such a way that without the consent of the network operator, the manufacturer can’t get access.
However, US officials found that Huawei violated these laws. Now, President Trump has signed an executive order banning Huawei due to national security concerns. In November, the Federal Communications Commission voted to ban Huawei gear paid for by the FCC’s Universal Service Fund.
Huawei Denies The Claim
Amid all the allegations, Huawei denies all that the company has been accused of. The company says it “has never and will never do anything that would compromise or endanger the security of networks and data of its clients”. The company also criticized US officials for making such accusations “without providing any kind of concrete evidence.”
But, despite the US warning the UK about Huawei and their unlawful activities, the UK has approved it for 5G. Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave Huawei the green flag but under certain conditions. Huawei can’t build core parts of the UK’s 5G networks. The company will also have it’s UK market share capped at 35%. And it will be excluded from sensitive geographical locations. And the Chinese tech giant’s equipment is also not allowed at UK’s military bases or nuclear sites and all safety-related or safety-critical networks in the Critical National Infrastructure.