Huawei and ZTE Deny Adding Back-Doors into Their Software for Chinese Government
Published on: 13th Sep 2012
Note -- this news article is more than a year old.
By: Ian Mansfield
China's two main telecoms infrastructure vendors have denied that they have inserted back doors into their software at the request of the Chinese government.
The denial came at a hearing of the USA's House Intelligence Committee which is holding open meetings to discuss the "National Security Threats Posed by Chinese Telecom Companies Huawei and ZTE"
At the hearing, Rep. Michael Rogers, Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee stated that "Huawei and ZTE provide a wealth of opportunities for Chinese intelligence agencies to insert malicious hardware or software implants into critical telecommunications components and systems,"
However the companies denied this, saying that any such back-doors would be software bugs, not deliberately inserted.
"Huawei has not and will not jeopardize our global commercial success nor the integrity of our customers' networks for any third party or government ever," said Charles Ding, Huawei, corporate senior vice president.
When pressed as to whether the companies would comply with Chinese government requests to insert back-doors for its security services to use, Ding said that to cooperate with such requests "would be corporate suicide for our company."
However, the Chairman said in his opening statement that following an invitation by Huawei to investigate the allegations against it, that both companies "provided little actual evidence to ameliorate the Committee's concerns."
He particularly noted that what the Committee would consider to be internal corporate documents could not be handed over as that would violate Chinese state-secret laws, resurrecting concerns that the two companies are closely connected to the Chinese government.
Both companies have always denied that they have such links to the government or Chinese military.