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US government found no evidence of Huawei spying

18 Oct 2012
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A leaked White House report has revealed that a US investigation into Huawei found no evidence of cyber spying, according to Reuters.

Reuters reported that a number of unnamed sources revealed that a White House-ordered review designed to ascertain any potential security risks posed by Chinese tech firm Huawei found no evidence of wrongdoing or illicit activities.

Despite not finding any evidence Huawei was helping the Chinese government mount cyber espionage campaigns, the 18-month review did apparently find several security vulnerabilities within Huawei products.

According to the report, the White House has reportedly begun to question whether Huawei intentionally put the vulnerabilities into its devices as a backdoor for the Chinese Government.

The news comes just after the US House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee issued a warning promising it would consider blocking sales of ZTE and Huawei products, due to ongoing security concerns regarding the two companies' links to the Chinese government.

Following the warning, Huawei and ZTE both issued statements attacking the committee and its report, claiming the investigation was designed to portray them in a bad light, intentionally requesting information they legally couldn't disclose under Chinese law.

A heated debate has since raged, with many commentators questioning whether the investigation is part of smear campaign by the US government designed to protect its business interests.

Reuters reported that it had discovered evidence indicating there may be some truth to protectionism claims.

"We knew certain parts of government really wanted evidence of active spying," Reuters quoted an unnamed source as saying. "We would have found it if it were there."

At the time of publishing neither the White House or Huawei had responded to V3's request for comment on the report.

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Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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