British report points to risks for telecom networks by Huawei equipment

A British government report concludes that shortcomings on the part of the Chinese manufacturer Huawei result in risks for telecom networks in the United Kingdom. Huawei is a major supplier of equipment for those networks.

The report was prepared by a body that supervises the so-called Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Center, or Hcsec. Reuters explains that this center was created in 2010 to counter possible security risks for the national infrastructure. For example, the Hcsec checks all Huawei equipment. The supervisory body reports annually on the activities of the Hcsec. According to Reuters, this is the first year in which the report questions the guarantees that the center can offer. For example, it concludes that Hcsec can only offer a ‘limited guarantee’, which according to a Reuters source amounts to a major change.

The report itself identifies various shortcomings, including the observation that Huawei uses third-party software that plays a critical security role but is not adequately controlled. Also the long term support for the software, which is used in various components, would end in 2020, while the support promised by Huawei promises a later end of life time. Another problem is that researchers would not have enough possibilities to investigate source code.

Huawei tells Reuters that the report concludes that Hcsec can operate independently and that there are points for improvement in its own development process. “We are grateful for this feedback and will solve the problems, security remains the highest priority of Huawei and we will continue to improve our development processes and risk management systems.”

The report’s conclusions come at a time when Huawei is under attack in the US. For example, in February US consumers advised consumers to purchase equipment from Huawei and ZTE for risks to national security. The American government also wants to stop using the equipment.

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