An investigation into broadband and mobile infrastructure provided by Chinese manufacturer Huawei has “exposed new risks in UK telecoms networks.”
The UK government says its probe can only offer “limited assurances” that the equipment does not pose a significant “risk to national security.”
According to the report (via BBC) from the government’s Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre, “significant work” is required to shore-up defences against cyber attacks.
“The Oversight Board can provide only limited assurance that any risks to UK national security from Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s critical networks have been sufficiently mitigated,” the report says.
Hauwei has been shut out of the US market amid security concerns, while Australia may choose to ban the company from involvement in a future 5G roll out. Those efforts come amid fears Huawei would hand data it collects to the Chinese government, something the firm has denied.
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For its part, Huawei said it has welcomed the findings of the report and says it will continue to actively improve its infrastructure.
In a statement a spokesperson said: “We are grateful for this feedback and committed to addressing these issues. “Cyber security remains Huawei’s top priority, and we will continue to actively improve our engineering processes and risk management systems.”
The National Cyber Security Centre in the UK said it will continue to work with Huawei to minimise cyber risks while ensuring Brits and British telecoms operators have access to the latest tech advancements.
In a statement it wrote: “This government and British telecoms operators work with Huawei at home and abroad to ensure the United Kingdom can continue to benefit from new technology while managing cyber security risks.”
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