“This is tired nonsense we’ve been hearing for years. This is politically-inspired and racist corporate defamation, nothing more.” is what a representative of Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications giant, apparently said to The Verge.
William Plummer, vice president of external affairs at Huawei, is quoted by the US tech news to have said that if western governments had any evidence of the company assisting state-sponsored hacking by China through its telecoms equipment, they should “the put up, or shut up.”
The Huawei executive’s word come as a response to more accusations, this time leveled by a former CIA head, Michael Hayden, that the telecoms company uses its equipment unscrupulously to supply sensitive information to the Chinese government. Last year it emerged that US lawmakers considered Huawei Technologies Inc., and ZTE Inc potential risks to their national security. The same sentiments have been expressed in the UK where Huawei is undergoing scrutiny over these spying suspicions.
Interestingly the western governments themselves, have come under fire from recent evidence that they have been using telecommunications networks to spy on users of the internet both inside their countries and globally. Last week, a guardian newspaper, The Guardian revealed some “top-secret” documents alleging that Skype and Microsoft worked with the American government spy agencies providing private subscriber email and video chat content.
Read the full Verge article here.