CHINESE TELECOM VENDORS Huawei and ZTE have been forced to deny that their hardware comes with built in backdoors that can be used for spying.
The two firms are denying suggestions made in the US that there are backdoors in their hardware that could be used to relay sensitive information back to China, according to a report at the BBC.
The allegations come at a time when the firms are trying to sell their telecom equipment in countries including the US and Australia, but are finding their paths blocked.
"Huawei has not and will not jeopardise our global commercial success nor the integrity of our customers' networks for any third party, government or otherwise," said Huawei SVP Charles Ding at a hearing before US lawmakers.
"What they have been calling back doors are actually software bugs," added ZTE SVP Zhu Jinyun.
The executives were speaking in front of a committee of US lawmakers, says the BBC, as part of a continued look at how they do business. There the chairman Mike Rogers said that there are suggestions that both firms install backdoors, or beaconing equipment, that could be used to relay back sensitive information.
"We have heard reports about back doors or unexplained beaconing from the equipment sold by both companies," he said.
We have asked both firms to comment. Earlier this month Huawei released a report in which it sought to distance itself from talk about spying. Then, as now, it said that it had never spied on or worked to the disadvantage of any nation. µ
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