Senior Huawei Official Acknowledges Ability to Clandestinely Access Mobile Networks

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While everyone was distracted with Justice Department controversies and the New Hampshire primary, a senior Huawei official has conceded that the company can clandestinely access users’ mobile networks. 

On Feb. 11, the Wall Street Journal ran a story citing U.S. officials who claimed that Huawei can “covertly access mobile-phone networks around the world through ‘back doors’ designed for use by law enforcement.” In other words, these officials claimed that Huawei can exploit backdoors intended for law enforcement in order to access user data without the permission of either users or the network operator. The Journal also quoted National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien as saying, “We have evidence that Huawei has the capability secretly to access sensitive and personal information in systems it maintains and sells around the world.”


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