U.S. lawmakers warn Canada about Chinese telecom giant Huawei
Archived from the original on 25 December Two senior members of the intelligence committee in the House of Representatives — ranking Democrat Adam Schiff and Republican Mike Conaway — said national-security concerns should raise alarm bells in any country where Huawei products are sold and could compromise Five Eyes intelligence. Huawei routers are riddled with vulnerabilities". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 7 April
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Chiefs of six U. How Canadian money and research are helping China become a global telecom superpower. Warner said in a statement to The Globe. Nakasone, who heads the U. Two senior members of the intelligence committee in the House of Representatives — ranking Democrat Adam Schiff and Republican Mike Conaway — said national-security concerns should raise alarm bells in any country where Huawei products are sold and could compromise Five Eyes intelligence.
Schiff told The Globe. Because of the high level of intelligence sharing between Five Eyes countries, I have concerns that the presence of Huawei in any of these countries could present a significant risk to our co-ordination, and ultimately, U. Michael Wessel, a commissioner on the U. Given the integration of the U. He has noted Huawei does not bid on government telecommunications contracts. In all of these countries, except the United States, we have been able to find a way to meet and address these issues.
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In December , Bloomberg reported that the U. The US House Intelligence Committee had said on November 18 that it would investigate foreign companies, and a spokesman for Huawei said that the company conducts its businesses according to normal business practices and actually welcomed the investigation.
On 9 October , a spokesman for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper indicated that the Canadian government invoked a national security exception to exclude Huawei from its plans to build a secure government communications network. Specifically, the Andrew antennas were part of a large order for Huawei telecommunications gear that MTN Irancell had placed through Soda Gostar, but the MTN Irancell says it canceled the deal with Huawei when it learned the items were subject to sanctions and before any equipment was delivered.
On 19 July , Michael Hayden , former head of U. National Security Agency and director of Motorola Solutions , claimed that he has seen hard evidence of backdoors in Huawei's networking equipment and that the company engaged in espionage and shared intimate knowledge of the foreign telecommunications systems with the Chinese government. Huawei's global cybersecurity officer, John Suffolk, described the comments made by Hayden as "tired, unsubstantiated, defamatory remarks" and challenged him and other critics to present any evidence publicly.
National Security Agency has since been operating a covert program against Huawei. This involved breaking into Huawei's internal networks, including headquarter networks and founder Ren Zhengfei's communications. In , German cybersecurity company G Data reported that it had found that malware that can listen to calls, track users, and make online purchases was found pre-installed on smartphones from Chinese companies including Lenovo , Xiaomi , and Huawei.
When G Data contacted the companies to let them know about the malware, Huawei replied that the security breaches must have taken place further down the supply chain, outside the manufacturing process. In , Canada's immigration department said it planned to deny permanent resident visas to three Chinese citizens who worked for Huawei over concerns the applicants are involved in espionage, terrorism, and government subversion.
In , an investigation by French newspaper Le Monde alleged that China had engaged in hacking the African Union headquarters in Ethiopia from to On February 14, , heads of six U.
Wray , director of the FBI , stated that they were "deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don't share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks". Huawei responded to the allegations, arguing that its products "[pose] no greater cybersecurity risk than any ICT vendor, sharing as we do common global supply chains and production capabilities," and that it was "aware of a range of U.
On April 17, , the Federal Communications Commission FCC held a preliminary, vote on rules forbidding the use of government subsidies to purchase telecom equipment from companies deemed to be a risk to national security. A draft of the policy specifically named Huawei and ZTE as examples. Three members of the Five Eyes international intelligence alliance —Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US—have declared the use of Huawei telecommunications equipment, particularly in 5G networks , poses "significant security risks", while Canada is carrying out its own security review; only Britain is permitting the company to participate in the rollout of the new technology.
In October , British telecom BT Group announced that it had been phasing out Huawei equipment from "core" components of its wireless infrastructure excluding parts such as phone mast antennas , including its 5G services,  and .
In December , Gavin Williamson , the UK's Defence Secretary, expressed "grave" and "very deep concerns" about the company providing technology to upgrade Britain's services to 5G. He accused Beijing of acting "sometimes in a malign way".
Alex Younger , the head of MI6 , also raised questions about Huawei's role. Army Strategic Studies Institute report on Argentina published in September describes Huawei as "known to bribe and trap clients". The report details unfair business practices, such as customers framed by "full-paid trips" to China and monetary "presents" offered and later used by Huawei as "a form of extortion".
According to a WikiLeaks cable, in , Michael Joseph, then-CEO of Safaricom Ltd , allegedly struggled to cancel a contract with Huawei due to poor after-sales experience, after which the Kenyan government pressured him to reinstate the contract.
In October , 7, Huawei employees resigned and were then rehired on short-term contracts, thereby apparently avoiding the unlimited contract provisions of the Labour Contract Law of the People's Republic of China. The company denied it was exploiting loopholes in the law, while the move was condemned by local government and trade unions. Huawei's treatment of its workforce in Guangdong Province , Southern China also triggered a media outcry after a year-old software engineer, Hu Xinyu, died in May from bacterial encephalitis , as a result of what is believed [ by whom?
In its Corporate Social Responsibility report, Huawei highlighted the importance of employee health and safety. In , Huawei provided annual health checks to all full-time employees and performed 3, checks to employees exposed to occupational health risks.
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