This week at the Mobile world conference MCW Huawei Chairman Guo Ping has gone offensive because of the continued pressure on the US allies to drop the Chinese telecoms giants due to national security fears. In an on-stage speech and a Financial Times editorial, Guo is increasing the Huawei’s side of the story by mentioning NSA in it.
Edward Snowden has shown to hacked Huawei in the past while presenting his firm as a more secure option for the rest of the world.
Guo says in theFTciting a leaked NSA document that said the agency wanted, “If the NSA wants to modify routers or switches in order to eavesdrop, a Chinese company will be unlikely to co-operate, to make sure that we know how to exploit these Huawei’s products. Guo said that his company hampers US efforts to spy on whomever it wants, reiterating its position that Huawei has not and will never plant backdoors.”
In 2014 a Spiegel report said that NSA has succeeded in accessing the source code of many Huawei products along with email messages from founder Ren Zhengfei.
One document reads, “We currently have good access and so much data that we don’t know what to do with it.”
The US has also been expressing their security concerns to its allies at MCW this week.
“Threats to US networks have a direct bearing on the security of our allies just as threats to our allies networks have a direct bearing on the security of our networks,” saidState Department ambassador for cyber and international communications Robert Strayer. “Do you want to have a system that is potentially compromised by the Chinese government or do you want to go with a secure alternative?” Strayer asks, further arguing that Chinese law “requires firms to support and assist Beijing’s vast security apparatus.”
But the US has not provided any evidence of coordinated hacking by Huawei. Vodafone CEO Nick Reads who owns the largest mobile carrier in the western world remains unsatisfied with the US claims and said that removing Huawei products would be very damaging to all the 5G rollouts. This week at the MCW, Huawei chairman Guo comments portray that the company is taking a more headstrong approach to the national security debate.