Huawei calls America's bluff about evidence of back doors: "Don’t be shy. Publish it"

Huawei calls America's bluff about evidence of back doors: "Don’t be shy. Publish it"
Mobile networks must include a "lawful interception interface" so that law enforcement officials can access a network with a proper warrant. Every country has its own laws, rules, and regulations, but all demand that their law enforcement agencies have the ability to do this. Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal quoted U.S. officials who said that Huawei keeps the location of these interfaces secret from their carrier-customers and from officials in the countries that host these networks. This would allow Huawei to access information that is supposed to be available only to law enforcement and some of the carrier's own officials.

Huawei denies accessing intercepted conversations


In that same report, U.S. national security adviser Robert O'Brien was quoted as saying, "We have evidence that Huawei has the capability secretly to access sensitive and personal information in systems it maintains and sells around the world." Reuters reports today that Huawei’s cybersecurity chief John Suffolk has fired back with a denial. "We have no access to this equipment, we don’t know what call or information is being intercepted, we don’t know when it is intercepted," Suffolk stated. "All we do is provide one side of the box which is blind to what’s happening on the other side of the box."


Suffolk also told reporters today that Huawei doesn't make the equipment that is used by the wireless operators and law enforcement to intercept communications going through the network. In addition, he also noted that the United States has yet to show any actual evidence to prove the claims it has made. Huawei's cybersecurity chief is calling the Trump administration's bluff. "We just say: ‘Don’t hide it, don’t be shy. Publish it, let the world see it," Suffolk says of the evidence that U.S. officials claim that they have. "I’m not aware of any operator who has said to Huawei: 'Come and sit in this room and see what’s going on'," he said. "If I found out that our staff was involved with such things, then we would take appropriate action on that."

Huawei is the largest provider of networking equipment in the world and analysts say that its technology is one and a half to two years ahead of rivals like Nokia and Ericsson. In addition, the Chinese manufacturer's strong ties to China's state-run bank allow it to offer its customers generous financing terms. The U.S. has been trying to come up with ways to prop up a rival that could challenge Huawei in this segment of the wireless industry. It asked domestic networking firms like Oracle and Cisco to take on Huawei, but both refused to spend the time or money. It looked at offering loans to Nokia and Ericsson to help them match Huawei's generous financing terms and last week Attorney General William Barr floated the idea of having the U.S. take control of those two companies. Vice President Mike Pence shot down the idea.

Huawei's Suffolk also asked why, if the U.S. allegations about Huawei are true, rivals like Nokia and Ericsson aren't growing their wireless businesses at 30%-40% a year. Answering his own question, the cybersecurity chief said, "The faith of our customers, and you can see this in the results over the past 30 years, gives an indication of what our customers think of those allegations." He also called governments and operators "smart" because they support Huawei in the race to complete 5G networks.

On Friday, Swedish networking company Ericsson said that in terms of the number of commercial contracts it has for work on 5G networks, it is the global leader in providing such networking gear. The Financial Times says that Ericsson has 79 such contracts compared to 63 for Nokia and 50 for Huawei. Ericsson executive vice president Fredrik Jejdling said, "We've deployed 24 [live] networks across the world [in 14 countries]. We've been first to deploy networks across four continents. So for us, it's hard to see anyone ahead of us currently...we believe we have a competitive portfolio that is on a par or ahead of our competitors."

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110 Comments

142. oldtymer

Posts: 97; Member since: Jan 31, 2020

All these late comments are so sympathetic to the Chinese Telecom... It's funny... At first glance you would think all the comments support the communist regime's Telecom...

124. Henry_Cavill

Posts: 50; Member since: 4 days ago

I love it. Huawei used to try its best to reason with Prez Rump and his band of misfits. They did everything even so far as to send their source code free of charge to the US, the UK and Germany. NOBODY found a thing. So unless the US wants to imply that Huawei is so smart that not even the US, the UK or Germany tech teams could figure out if there's a back door they really have nothing left to say. So that's where we are today. If the US really has anything PUBLISH IT. Huawei dares you.

116. bill718

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 28, 2014

all telecom equipment manufactures have back doors to their products, just matter of who you are willing to be spied, US, China or ......

106. SIGPRO

Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

US has no proof and they know it! Because if they had proof they would be bragging about it? It was 100% proven that NSA had backdoors built in Cisco devices and they even spied on allies. So US please STFU you are the biggest aggressor on this planet!

125. Henry_Cavill

Posts: 50; Member since: 4 days ago

I feel like its how the US is working these days. They do something illegal so they have media spin it that somebody else is doing that same thing. But the thing is it catches up to you just like how we know for a fact that the NSA has those backdoors they are accusing Huawei of having.

94. Arthurhkt

Posts: 728; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Looking at how everyone is fighting about politics stuff here while I am using gadget across different country:- 1) Google/Apple/Microsoft/Amazon - US 2) Huawei/Xiaomi - China 3) Samsung - South Korea 4) Nokia - Finland Guys, chill. It's just a devices, by the time you use anyone of them, you technically already agreed to be spied on. If you really want to have so called privacy, go for Linux, settled.

97. auri05

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 13, 2020

Actually, no. Huawei itself IS a political entity. And getting “spied” on for marketing purpose and really getting spied for the purpose of spying on another country is totally different.

126. Henry_Cavill

Posts: 50; Member since: 4 days ago

Huawei is a telecommunications company so unless just being a company from a country makes your a political entity of that country I don't get your point. Are you saying Apple's an American political entity and Samsung's a Korean national and so on? Then are you fine with being spied on by the NSA or the Korean government?

141. oldtymer

Posts: 97; Member since: Jan 31, 2020

huawei a puppet of the Chinese government...

89. auri05

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 13, 2020

Huawei is an intelligence agency of chinese communist party’s people’s liberation army. There does not exist the very concept of private company and human rights as we know them in china. Or, there cannot exist because otherwise communism can’t be sustained.

139. Henry_Cavill

Posts: 50; Member since: 4 days ago

Funny because China's been using foreign tech for years and only just now 5G is homegrown. And because of that the US views it as a threat to our way of life. So you're saying that Communism can survive using foreign tech for the last few decades but once the west uses one piece of foreign tech their democracy is done for? So much for Communism not being sustained.

87. Foveon

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 13, 2020

I'll believe in Huawei... When China becomes democratized.

127. Henry_Cavill

Posts: 50; Member since: 4 days ago

Then don't. Keep that tinfoil hat on and do something about the decor of that rock you live under. Brown and gray are so last year.

84. vklchck

Posts: 11; Member since: May 01, 2010

Riiight... More like "Don't be shy, publish it, eh? Just know, that as soon as you do, you'll be held responsible for how people use your information... Cheers, good luck!!!" I think it's more like a "we dare you!" instead of calling a "bluff". But whatever, you are phonearena after all, you may create your narrative however you see fit.

66. geordie8t1

Posts: 348; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

i think Huawei are spot on, call the americans out for their bullsh*t, you cant just go around destroying companies reputations because they are serious competition! if you want to slander them then back up your claims so other countries can make their own informed decisions, forcing other countries to side with the US or face sanctions/consequences is just pathetic, and what we have all come to know and expect from the USA over the past few decades. provide proof of backdoor claims and perhaps the rest of the world will side with you, if not go F*ck yourselves and your spy claims (which is rich, coming from the worlds biggest spies)

93. inFla

Posts: 243; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

You would say anything to defend a communist company as long as you could get a cheap spy phone.

128. Henry_Cavill

Posts: 50; Member since: 4 days ago

You would say anything to defend a known spying company as long as you could get an overpriced spy phone with familiar brand?

56. frequency

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 28, 2020

I like that "don't be shy, publish it." It's the same strategy as president Trump deal with democratic. Hard core!!!

50. oldtymer

Posts: 97; Member since: Jan 31, 2020

There are a bunch of Chinese disinformation hacks on this.. just like the Russians.. they try to sew doubt and confusion...

49. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1625; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

US government isn't telling the truth as usual, there is no way they let Huawei spy on Americans for nearly a decade while having proof and doing nothing.

52. meanestgenius

Posts: 23175; Member since: May 28, 2014

Facts! The moment the U.S. government would have found out that Huawei were spying on them, they would have made it known to everyone and shut it down.

98. Vancetastic

Posts: 1981; Member since: May 17, 2017

It's all part of Trump's brand of nationalism...Hitler, Mussolini, etc never needed actual proof either.

104. meanestgenius

Posts: 23175; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. Don’t know why people refuse to see this.

105. Vancetastic

Posts: 1981; Member since: May 17, 2017

The promise of more money, probably.

109. Venom

Posts: 4137; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

One could ask you the same question since you refuse to see anything other than your own opinion.

117. meanestgenius

Posts: 23175; Member since: May 28, 2014

Pot, meet kettle.

29. xq10xa

Posts: 817; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Chinese gov company can't even tell the truth to their own people but you think they're goign to tell the truth on data stealing tech. lol

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 23175; Member since: May 28, 2014

Because the U.S. government has been telling it's citizens the truth all these years, right? You're as blind as you've ever been if you believe that. The U.S. has been stealing data from everyone for decades.

85. vklchck

Posts: 11; Member since: May 01, 2010

Any rational and sane person can easily see and admit that yes, our US government along with our media lie to us a lot and always create narratives that fit their agenda. While acknowledging that, how can anyone also look at China and it's state owned company's and say, "gee, ye, I totally believe you guys have good intentions, and like, totally are looking out for our best interests, and like, totally can be trusted, cause like, you guys absolutely believe in human Independence and privacy... Right?"... Uhm, yeee... I don't think so.

90. meanestgenius

Posts: 23175; Member since: May 28, 2014

Do you people know how to comprehend what you read, or do the words just look pretty to you? Because I've never once said, claimed or inferred that I believe China in anything. I've only and always said show me proof of Huawei spying. Show me proof of Huawei racketeering. Show. Me. Proof. Do you comprehend now? Somehow, I doubt it.

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