Vodafone Found Hidden Backdoors in Huawei Equipment
Vodafone has admitted to Bloomberg that it discovered backdoors in software for Huawei products used by the carrier to provide various services to customers in Italy. The backdoors were discovered between 2009 and 2011 and remained in place for years. As a result, Huawei could have obtained unauthorized access to Vodafone’s Internet service system used by millions of people and businesses in Italy.
When asked about the manner, Huawei stated that “[t]here is absolutely no truth in the suggestion that Huawei conceals backdoors in its equipment.”
The US has boycotted the Chinese tech giant over security concerns and has been pushing its allies to do the same in order to prevent Huawei from providing the Chinese government with access to the data and systems of foreign governments. However, the campaign has not been highly successful, with major European allies including Italy, Germany and the UK resisting an outright boycott.