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Huawei deal with BT shows 'disconnect' over national security policy, MPs say

John E Dunn | June 8, 2013
Chinese firm now 'embedded' in UK infrastruture.

"Any project that relates to UK Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) should be scrutinised carefully, especially in a climate where we are seeing advanced threats emerging every day," commented global security consultant and ex-Scotland Yard detective, Adrian Culley, of security firm Damballa.

"It is however, questionable that the 'cell' that is investigating Huawei's kit, which is run by Huawei employees, will add any value at all and give us a better insight into what's going on there," he said.

"It will be interesting in light of the forthcoming Sunnylands Summit this weekend whether the security concerns surrounding commercial entities emerging from a non-democratic communist state can ever be reconciled to the satisfaction of western democratic powers.

"Given China and the USA's mutual global reach and role in technology matters, we may have been in danger of sleepwalking into Cyber Cold War.

In the US, of course, Huawei has found itself on the receiving end of a mountain of suspicion at a time when the Chinese state and its proxies are routinely accused of conducting major espionage attacks against US firms.

In April, the US Government banned a clutch of agencies form buying equipment from Huawei or its fellow Chinese competitor, ZTE.

 

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