Huawei Steps Up Defence Against Spying Allegations
China's Huawei is stepping up the rhetoric in its battle to prove that its hardware is not a security risk and again denied that it spies on customers for anyone, let along the Chinese government.
Huawei's deputy chairman, Ken Hu writing in a company authored security whitepaper dismissed fears that they insert deliberate back-doors into software to allow the Chinese military or government access to the hardware.
"We can confirm that we have never been asked to provide access to our technology, or provide any data or information on any citizen or organisation to any government, or their agencies," said Hu
Although a US political hearing into the company suggested avoiding dealing with it, a separate study commissioned by the White House found that while security holes existed, they were due to sloppy code, not deliberate attempts to insert back-doors.
Huawei has said that it will now look to set up independent cybersecurity centres in its key markets and open them up to those countries government inspectors.
A similar facility was set up in the UK, although it was critisised for being overly reliant of Huawei staff for technical assistance.
"These certification centres will be made highly transparent to local governments and customers, and Huawei will allow its products to be inspected by people authorised by local governments to ensure the security of Huawei's products and delivery service," Hu wrote.
He didn't comment on whether the company would try to set up such a facility in the USA.
That US politicians worry about Huawei is however increasingly looking difficult to defend considering the widespread allegations that the USA's own spy agencies were tapping into US, and foreign telecoms networks.
On the web: Huawei Cyber Security White Paper