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Huawei is not keen on reported NSA snooping

Quis custodiet ipsos… ah fuggedaboutit
Mon Mar 24 2014, 12:58

HUAWEI HAS CONDEMNED the US National Security Agency (NSA) following reports that the government body set its sights on the Chinese firm's kit and communications.

Huawei is one of the latest to be pulled into the PRISM scandal and it does not appear keen to be in the spotlight.

The New York Times has documents leaked by Edward Snowden that paint a picture of how the NSA infiltrated servers at Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen, China. A document from the NSA leaks claims that the agency was very keen on the access.

"Many of our targets communicate over Huawei-produced products," it said. "We want to make sure that we know how to exploit these products."

Huawei said it is not keen on activities that snoop into communications and corporate networks, and would "condemn" any instances of such behaviour.

"If the actions in the report are true, Huawei condemns such activities that invaded and infiltrated into our internal corporate network and monitored our communications. Corporate networks are under constant probe and attack from different sources - such is the status quo in today's digital age," the Chinese firm said.

"We reiterate that Huawei disagrees with all activities that threaten the security of networks and is willing to work with all governments, industry stakeholders and customers, in an open and transparent manner, to jointly address the global challenge of network security."

This will make something of a change for Huawei, a firm that is usually denying any role in placing backdoors in its products and any possible negative impacts of that.

In 2012 Huawei denied the existence of backdoors, following criticism from both the US and Australia.

"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 then.

On Monday, the firm said that it prioritises network security and often has to block assaults on its networks.

"The security and integrity of our corporate network and our products are our highest priorities. That is the reason why we have an end-to-end security assurance system and why we are continuously working to enhance that system," it said.

"Like other enterprises, we continuously block, clean and reinforce our infrastructure from cyber threats." µ


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