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Huawei denies spying allegations, ready to reveal its source codes

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Huawei denies spying allegations, ready to reveal its source codes
Convincing people that you aren't secretly spying on them must be tough if you happen to be the world's second largest provider of telecommunications equipment – Huawei. Several weeks ago, the company was accused of using its hardware for collecting information for the needs of the Chinese government. Of course, Huawei denied the allegations, but that surely wasn't enough to calm people down. In fact, Canada may impose a ban on Huawei equipment due to privacy concerns, even though gear by the Chinese maker is used by several carriers providing cellular service across the country.

So in order to prove that the spying accusations are baseless, Huawei has decided to allow "complete and unrestricted access" to the software code running on its products. The statement was made by the chairman of the Australian branch of the Chinese manufacturer, John Lord. "And in the interests of national security, we believe all other vendors should be subject to the same high standard of transparency", he further added.

However, that doesn't mean anyone will be able to take a peek at Huawei's source codes. What Lord proposed was actually the introduction of a security system for testing foreign-made network equipment so that security concerns like these would not arise. The system would allow the security of the hardware to be tested independently, and all manufacturers should be approved before being allowed to deploy their equipment in Australia, and perhaps other markets across the globe. Funding the project would be provided by the participating companies, but only people with the "appropriate levels of security clearance" will be allowed to handle its operations. 

Whether the system will ever be introduced is not exactly clear at this time as it is nothing but a proposal. Whether it will manage to put all privacy fears to rest is also a mystery.

source: ABC via Slash-Gear

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posted on 24 Oct 2012, 05:49

1. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

Just one thing, something that American law system always uphold..

Innocent until proven guilty..

so there should not be a baseless accusation like this, which will tarnish the reputation of Huawei, which may or may not be spying..

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 09:08 1

7. Kan_wha (Posts: 88; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)

Sadly, the color of justice is green. So that doesn't always hold true.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 06:11

2. MeoCao (unregistered)

The Chinese government accused MS of spying too, so we can see history repeats itself.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 08:11

4. weedl (Posts: 50; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

it's all the same the american spying chinese and the chinese are spying americans, we won't know because it was doing behind the closed door which we call it "Intelligence"

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 08:13 1

5. Bozzor (Posts: 189; Member since: 02 May 2012)

Software code can be re-flashed quietly via hardware backdoors and the sort of things you can do with virtual machines would make it all but impossible to trace all sorts of naughty things. Not worth the risk. Remember, Huawei has a very unique structure and close affiliations with the China military.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 08:20

6. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

I'd love to see their source code. One thing that worries me about their new processors is that they wont be easy on the dev community and therefore see no support. Would be a shame...

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 09:33 1

8. tarmpung (Posts: 15; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)

I don't believe in any Chinese products.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 20:31

9. enGet (Posts: 31; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)

These is no doubt Huawei and ZTE will spy. Why make it wasy for them?

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