Friday, June 28, 2019
Huawei's Secret Back Doors
Veteran national security reporter Bill Gertz offers a piece in the Washington Times on China’s Huawei company and Chinese intelligence.
An investigation of the telecommunications equipment produced by China’s Huawei Technologies Ltd. has uncovered numerous cases of secret access points that could allow Chinese intelligence to conduct cyberoperations through the equipment.
Finite State, a cybersecurity research firm, conducted a survey of Huawei equipment and discovered that 55% of Huawei hardware devices it tested contained at least one backdoor access point.
The vulnerabilities in Huawei products pose serious security threats of cyberattack and data exfiltration if the equipment is used, according to Finite’s report on Huawei published Wednesday.
“The Chinese National Intelligence Law of 2016 requires all companies ‘to support, provide assistance, and cooperate in national intelligence work,’” the report stated. “Even if Huawei may be technically correct in saying that Chinese law doesn’t explicitly ‘compel’ the installation of backdoors, China’s intelligence and counterespionage activities tend to be so expansive that these provisions could be used to justify activities extending well beyond China’s borders.”
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