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Huawei fires back, points to US ’history of spying on phone networks, Ars Technica

      Huawei responds –

             

Huawei: Accessing networks without carriers’ permission “would be impossible.”

      

                  

Huawei sign displayed at CES 2020 in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 53316.

Chinese vendor Huawei has provided a longer response to US allegations of spying, claiming that it doesn’t have the spying capability by the US and pointing out that the US itself has a long history of spying on phone networks. “As evidenced by the Snowden leaks, the United States has been covertly accessing telecom networks worldwide, spying on other countries for quite some time, “Huawei said in a six-paragraph statement sent to news organizations. “The report by the Washington Post this week about how the CIA used an encryption company to spy on other countries for decades is yet additional proof.” (That Post report detailed How the CIA bought a company called Crypto AG and used it to spy on communications for decades.)

Huawei further said it is “indignant that the US government has spared no efforts to stigmatize Huawei by using cyber security issues. If the US does discover Huawei’s violations, we again solemnly request the US to disclose specific evidence instead of using the media to spread rumors. “

Despite Huawei’s denials, the US is pushing ahead with measures designed to reduce the use of its equipment in telecom networks. The Federal Communications Commission

voted unanimously

in November to ban Huawei and ZTE gear in projects paid for by the FCC’s Universal Service Fund, with Chairman Ajit Pai arguing that Huawei and ZTE “have close ties to China’s Communist government and military apparatus” and “are subject to Chinese laws broadly obligating them to cooperate with any request from the country’s intelligence services and to keep those requests secret. ”

Importance of encryption A Huawei sign hanging from the ceiling in a conference expo hall. The US / Huawei dispute helps illustrate the importance of encryption. With governments and malicious actors having covert access to phone networks, individuals can rely on encryption to lessen the risk of their data being stolen.

But the US government has tried to undermine people access to strong encryption by (pushing Apple and other tech vendors to (install backdoors) in their products. Apple has refused government requests to weaken its products’ security , saying that backdoors are bound to be discovered and used by malicious people.

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