GCHQ experts find no evidence of Chinese interference in Huawei flaws
By Rob Freeman | 2nd October 2020
Cyber security experts from GCHQ found concerns with equipment made by Huawei, but said it did not believe they were linked to Chinese state interference.
A report by the Cyber Security Evaluation Centre looking into the Chinese telecommunications centre said "nationally significant" issues had been discovered last year.
But the report said the National Cyber Security Centre, which is part of the Government's communications base in Cheltenham, did not think "the defects identified are as a result of Chinese state interference".
The NSCS also said there was no evidence any of the vulnerabilities in the equipment had been exploited.
While admitting the number and severity of the problems was concerning, the agency believed they were down to "poor software engineering and cyber security processes".
A spokesman for Huawei said: "Huawei has faced the highest level of scrutiny for almost 10 years.
"This rigorous review sets a precedent for cyber security collaboration between the public and private sectors and has provided valuable insights for the telecoms sector.
"We believe this mechanism can benefit the entire industry and Huawei calls for all vendors to be evaluated against an equally robust benchmark to improve security standards for everyone."
After the NSCS said it could no longer guarantee the security of Huawei's equipment, the Government ordered it to be removed from the UK's telecommunications network by 2027.
US technology companies have bee stopped from providing components to the company.
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