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US Claims Huawei has Backdoor Access to Global Phone Networks

David Paul

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A report released by US officials says that the Chinese phone company has had access to carrier systems for more than 10 years.

Phone giant Huawei has reportedly been using backdoor networks, designed for use by US law enforcement agencies, to access phone networks.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Chinese company can access networks it helped build, which are being used globally by mobile phones.

Robert O’Brien, the US national security adviser, said: “We have evidence that Huawei has the capability secretly to access sensitive and personal information in systems it maintains and sells around the world”.

Huawei was approved by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in January to an outcry from the US, who claim the Chinese company is “a threat” to Britain.

Johnson and the UK’s National Security Council decided that Huawei could have limited access to 5G networks across Britain, with restrictions.

The company will be excluded from sensitive geographic locations, such as military bases, and from the core of the UK’s networks where data is processed, blocking access to sensitive information.

They will also only be allowed to supply 35% of the kit in the network’s periphery, as well as being excluded from working near military bases and nuclear sites.

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Commenting on the report, Conservative MP David Davis said: “Huawei is a threat to individual privacy and national security. The decision to let their equipment be used in our 5G network must be reviewed and a total ban applied.”

In contrast to parliament’s position, Huawei was blacklisted in the US and added to the country’s “entity list”, and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that the 5G deal raises “very big” security concerns.

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s Conservative party stopped short of a total ban on the company, backing a similar idea to the UK’s tougher rules on foreign vendors.

David Paul

Staff Writer, DIGIT

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