The Chinese technology giant, Huawei, is reported to have had backdoor access to the networks that they helped build and are being used by mobile phones all over the world.
According to the reports, the backdoor was inserted into the infrastructure of carrier equipment to allow for law enforcement officials to gain access and use equipment such as antennas and base stations.
United States officials are now alleging that these backdoors were designed by Huawei with the intention of accessing them on their own accord. The United States claims that this has been going on for over a decade.
President Trump blacklisted Huawei back in May after signing an order that banned the company entirely. The grounds of the decision were made upon national security concerns that Huawei and the Chinese government have a close relationship.
Huawei has denied these allegations against them.
President Trump also urged other countries to ban Huawei, including the United Kingdom. To the dismay of the President, the United Kingdom did not honor the request.
The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson allowed for the 5G network of Huawei under specific conditions.
Huawei is not allowed to build the essential core of UK’s 5G networks, they are capped at 35% market shares, and are excluded from the geographic locations that are considered sensitive.
National security advisor, Robert O’Brien stated that there is evidence that Huawei is capable of accessing personal and sensitive information that lies within systems they have access to and sells it across the world.
O’Brien also stated that Chinese technologies like Huawei are tempting because they are less expensive, but the underlying price is that they have access to the networks used and the information that is within that network.
There was not an immediate response from the White House or Huawei concerning the matter. The Chinese telecommunications giant did eventually respond formally rejecting the claims.