CHINESE TELECOM VENDOR Huawei has released a report on cyber security (PDF) that insists it has never been involved in spying or illegal activity.
The report claims that Huawei has "never damaged any nation, or had the intent to steal any national intelligence, enterprise secrets or breach personal privacy" and would not tolerate illegal activity.
Following a decision by the Australian federal government to ban Huawei from bidding on that country's National Broadband Network, it is thought that the statement is an effort to dismiss suspicions that the firm is controlled by China's Communist Party or military. Government sources said that such connections could allow Chinese organisations to commit espionage by accessing data within Huawei's infrastructure.
The 25-page report, written by Huawei executive and former British official John Suffolk, also calls for global efforts to create legal and technical security standards. However, it fails to recommend what standards should be adopted and criticises existing laws, saying they are inconsistent and don't address crucial threats.
A Huawei spokesman said in a statement that the report was not intended as a direct response to security concerns about the company in the US, Australia or anywhere else for that matter.
"You could say that the information in the paper could be helpful in those countries where we've had challenges," said the firm's spokesman, Scott Sykes.
"It's not a specific response to those situations, but does it apply to those? Yes."
When asked whether Huawei had helped the Chinese government to spy abroad, Sykes said, "No, we deny that."
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei issued a similar appeal for security cooperation in June this year at a Russian business conference, calling for the global security industry to "hold hands". Ren made no mention of suspicions about Huawei but warned that security threats would continue to grow. µ
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