A British report on Huawei equipment revealed that there were “significant’ security risks associated with its telecommunications equipment.
The report by the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Center [HCSEC] Oversight Board released on Thursday stated that there were underlying defects in Huawei’s software engineering and cybersecurity processes. However, the oversight board did not bar the Chinese tech giant’s equipment. The board has asked for sustained evidence of better software engineering and cybersecurity quality.
“The Oversight Board can only provide limited assurance that all risks to UK national security from Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s critical networks can be sufficiently mitigated long-term,” according to the report.
This report from the HCSEC favors the U.S campaign against the Chinese tech giant. The U.S intelligence authorities believe that the company’s equipment is used as snooping devices to collect data from different countries. They also link the company to the Chinese government, which makes the argument rife as both the U.S. and China are hoping to be leaders in the technology arena.
The U.S. banned the federal government agencies from using Huawei’s telecommunications equipment fearing Chinese spying. The tech giant has launched a lawsuit against the U.S. government’s decision to ban its products saying the move is “unconstitutional”.
The U.S also spurred the arrest of Huawei’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou at Canada. They are currently seeking a formal extradition. U.S. has charged Wanzhou and her country with the violation of U.S.’ sanction on Iran.
Huawei is being watched under the eyes of suspicion by many countries and telecommunications companies as a majority of telecommunication firms use the company’s equipment.