Huawei “builds back doors in its hardware to secretly control mobile network data,” says the Trump official
- National security adviser Robert O’Brien made the allegation on Tuesday
- Says that Huawei secretly has access to network data through its hardware
- Claims that the Chinese company has been hidden for at least ten years
- Huawei denies that it is a pawn of the Chinese communist government
- US is trying to convince allies not to use Huawei for 5G network infrastructure
A senior White House official said that the Chinese company Huawei is incorporating secret back doors into its hardware, providing secret access to mobile phone networks around the world.
“We have evidence that Huawei has secret access to sensitive and personal information in systems it maintains and sells worldwide,” national security adviser Robert O’Brien told the Wall Street Journal.
Although all network hardware operators have built in “legal interception” interfaces that allow law enforcement officials to access mobile network information with a court order, it is usually impossible to do this without the knowledge and approval of the mobile provider.
US officials say the back door of Huawei gives the company access to network data without the knowledge of the carrier, which may make the Chinese government a powerful espionage tool.
Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei is seen with Chinese President Xi Jinping. US officials accuse the company of building a secret back door in its mobile network hardware
National security advisor Robert O’Brien (above) said that Huawei secretly has access to sensitive and personal information in systems that it maintains and sells worldwide
Huawei denies the allegations by telling the Journal that “it has never done or will do anything that could endanger the security of its customers’ networks and data.”
A Huawei spokesperson did not immediately respond to an investigation by DailyMail.com on Tuesday evening.
The US has long been trying to convince their allies, such as the United Kingdom and Germany, to ban the use of Huawei telecom equipment when building 5G networks.
The American knowledge of the alleged back door remained very secret until the end of last year, when officials began sharing the information with allies to persuade them to boycott Huawei.
The German legislator plans to vote in the coming weeks on a bill that would give Huawei full access to its 5G market if the company offers security guarantees.
Last month the British government exerted heavy pressure from the Trump government and agreed to allow Huawei equipment in the country’s 5G network.
Trump administration officials, increasingly planning to prevent China from global technological domination, have urged allies not to use Huawei hardware
On Tuesday, China denied involvement in hacking activities after the US accused four members of the Chinese army of an unprecedented hack that had stolen the data of tens of millions of Americans.
The Justice Department accused Beijing on Monday of having developed one of the largest hacks in history, focusing on consumer data at the Equifax credit reporting agency.
Today, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that China has committed itself to “vigorously combat and combat every form of cyber attack.”
He added that he is a fervent defender of cyber security and that his institutions “never engage in cyber theft of trade secrets,” claiming that China was also the victim of US cyber attacks.
Geng also returned the accusation to the US and said past events have shown that Washington is “engaged in large-scale, organized, and random cyber-stealing, espionage, and surveillance activities for foreign governments, corporations, and individuals.”