Vodafone found hidden 'backdoors' in Huawei equipment2019-04-30 18:36 by Daniela
Tags: Vodafone, Huawei
A recent report from Bloomberg claims that Vodafone has discovered hidden backdoors in the software used in Huawei's home routers that could have given Huawei unauthorized access to Vodafone's fixed wireless network in Italy. The report cites internal security documents and unnamed sources.
Huawei acknowledged the security issues but said they were resolved back in 2011 and 2012 at the time of discovery.Vodafone disputed the report in an emailed statement, saying the "backdoor" mentioned is a protocol used to perform diagnostic functions and wouldn't have been accessible from the internet.
"In addition, we have no evidence of any unauthorized access. This was nothing more than a failure to remove a diagnostic function after development," the spokesperson wrote. "The issues were identified by independent security testing, initiated by Vodafone as part of our routine security measures, and fixed at the time by Huawei."
Huawei said in a statement:
"The story published by Bloomberg today is misleading. It refers to a maintenance and diagnostic function, common across the industry, as well as vulnerabilities, which were corrected over seven years ago. There is absolutely no truth in the suggestion that Huawei conceals backdoors in its equipment."
Huawei has previously denied that it creates backdoors for its equipment and often claims that suspicions of Huawei are just a "loser's attitude" because American tech companies can't compete fairly.
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