“As evidenced by the leaks of Edward Snowden – the contractor cooperating with US intelligence – the United States has been secretly accessing communications networks all over the world, and has been spying on other countries for some time,” Huawei said in a six-paragraph press release.
A report published by The Washington Post this week dealt with how the CIA had used a crypto company (Crypto AG) to spy on other countries for decades.
Huawei’s latest statement came in response to a Wall Street Journal report that quoted US officials as saying, “We have evidence that Huawei has the ability to access sensitive and personal information in a confidential manner in the systems it maintains and sells worldwide.”
And on US allegations of using Huawei to spy, Huawei said it is only a cover to cover America’s espionage business.
The statement added that Huawei “has never entered and will never access secretly to communication networks, and we do not have the ability to do so.”
The statement accused the Wall Street Journal “with the approval of the US government, which cannot provide any evidence to support its allegations, yet the newspaper chose to repeat the lies published by these American officials, and this reflects the Wall Street Journal’s bias against Huawei and undermines its credibility.”
According to the newspaper article, telecom equipment manufacturers such as “Huawei” who sell products to telecom companies such as Vodafone are required by law to allow the building of channels within their devices that allow the authorities to access networks for legal purposes, and the equipment must be built in a way that the manufacturer cannot access the Network information without operator approval.
The United States claims that Huawei violated these laws by building equipment that would allow it to secretly access networks through these interfaces without the knowledge of telecom companies, and Huawei’s statement claimed that US allegations were impossible.
“Huawei is just a supplier of equipment, and it is impossible to access it to customer networks without the permission of telecommunications companies, and we do not have the ability to bypass telecommunications companies, control access and take data from networks without discovering this by firewalls and regular security systems,” the statement said.
Huawei added that the Wall Street Journal acknowledges that US officials are unable to provide any specific details regarding the rear doors.
“It is outrageous that the US government has spared no effort to distort Huawei using cybersecurity issues, and we are once again formally requesting from the United States if it detects violations of disclosing specific evidence rather than using the media to spread rumors,” the company said.
Despite Huawei’s denial, the United States is moving ahead with measures aimed at limiting the use of its equipment in telecommunications networks.