The United States has in the past persuaded its allies to shun collaborations with Huawei without providing any reasonable evidence why they should do so. It seems like some of that evidence are coming out now, although it’s still not clear there’s a real threat.
While some officials were speaking to the Wall Street Journal, they claim that Huawei can “covertly” access phone networks worldwide using ”backdoors” kept aside for law enforcement.
Phones and other devices manufacturers are required by law to design their products in a way that prevents them from having access without a user’s permission, Huawei supposedly maintains that access without the users is better.
One undisclosed official said, ”Huawei is unique in having this kind of access and doesn’t tell national security agencies.” The United States may know about this all the while but didn’t start sharing it until late 2019, after changing its mind after previously insisting that it didn’t need to provide tangible evidence.
It partly declassified some of those assertions, but those weren’t public knowledge until now.
Huawei has rejected these latest claims, although it’s not shocking they did. In a response to the WSJ, The company said it “has never and will never do” anything to jeopardize those who buy their products. An official from the company said, ”law enforcement backdoors were “strictly regulated” and could only be used by certified carrier staff.”
The official further revealed that Huawei workers need “explicit approval,” while adding that any attempts to use those backdoors would easily be caught.
Although this is a good reason why the United States has been pressuring its allies into ditching Huawei, it may not necessarily convince everyone to dump the tech brand, because there hasn’t been any evidence that Huawei has used the backdoors against any user, including on the networks of wireless giants like Vodafone.
Moreover, there are also issues as to whether or not this is as nefarious as the United States has implied. Vodafone found vulnerabilities in Huawei routers in 2009, but it rejected Bloomberg claims that these were backdoors meant to enable spying.
”They were just commonplace telnet functions that weren’t closed properly,” Huawei claimed. Without more tangible evidence, it’ll be hard to know if the United States is presenting definitive proof or has been exaggerating the threat all along.