Huawei's CEO and Former PLA Officer Says His Company Isn't a Threat to U.S.
May 9, 2013 5:36 PM
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Former military officer lashes out at reports that his company's hardware could be used for spying
China's Huawei Technologies Comp. (
performed well in 2012
, posting major growth, particularly in the smartphone sector. But the company suffered a major black mark during the year -- scrutiny by U.S. regulators over security concerns. Huawei was accused of
funneling telecommunications equipment illegally to Iran
. And while an investigation
vindicated Huawei of spying accusations
, it did suggest that the Chinese government
could leverage its relationship with Huawei as a spying route
in the future.
Now Huawei's founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei, 68, is speaking out angrily about the accusations, breaking the wall of silence that surrounded him since the allegations were made last year. Mr. Ren, a former officer in China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), has avoided media interviews for years. Instead he would only communicate via posts to his company's website, only occasionally appearing publicly at economic forums and other non-company events.
But in his first major press appearance in Huawei history, he spoke with reporters this week in New Zealand. On the prospect of a U.S. ban on Huawei smartphone and router sales, he
, "Huawei has no connection to the cyber-security issues the U.S. has encountered in the past, current and future. Huawei equipment is almost non-existent in networks currently running in the U.S. We have never sold any key equipment to major U.S. carriers, nor have we sold any equipment to any U.S. government agency."
Ren Zhengfei, former PLA officer and current Huawei CEO at a 2012 economics summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. [Image Source: Reuters]
He's right -- there is no Huawei equipment on U.S. government networks ... because it is
The international community remains divided on the issue of Huawei and security, amid
record levels of Chinese digital spying
. Canada and Australia joined the U.S. in banning Huawei's telecommunications equipment from government networks.
However, Britain recently offered up a dissenting take when its government security experts declared Huawei fully vetted and capable of bidding on government contracts. And Mr. Ren's comments came in New Zealand at a press event for its new 4G LTE and ultra-fast broadband networks contracts in the nation.
Huawei's routers are reportedly riddled with security holes -- some of which some analyst claim are deliberate back doors. [Image Source: The Hacker News]
Huawei is currently the world's second largest telecommunications equipment maker and fifth largest smartphone maker. The 26-year old company is estimated to be worth $35B USD.
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RE: so what ?
5/11/2013 5:46:57 AM
The implied security threat is not the originator site per se. But the intermediate site routers that can be used as attach vectors and/or disguise as origin points to mask the real identity of the hacker. The TOR network is a good example of a true anonimizer where origin points cannot be tracked. Using an intermediate equipment or server has been a key method for smart hackers to launch their attacks or snoops. It itself acts as a server on the network with multiple network ports and capabilities to spoof Ip addresses or poof them to oblivion.
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