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Hacking allegations against Huawei in India

Authorities in India have suspected the Chinese company Huawei of having participated in a hacking attack against the state network operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam. This became known through an official request from a member of parliament, as reported by the international media.

Killi Kruparani, Junior Minister for Communications and IT, answered the request as follows: "An incident involving an alleged hack of the network of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) by M / S Huawei ... has become known." The Reuters agency has additionally received a statement from a member of the government that a media report had triggered the investigation. It said that Huawei had penetrated the network operator's base stations. On the other hand, there is no comment from BSNL.

Huawei India has issued a statement denying the allegations. It adheres to all laws and regulations on data protection and network security. According to the Wall Street Journal, Huawei has been active in India for over 14 years and employs 6,000 people there. In 1999, it built its first foreign research center in Bangalore. Today, 2500 people work for Huawei there. The group maintains partnerships with all major Indian telecommunications providers.

Huawei is regularly said to be close to the Chinese government and the military. In October 2012, a US government committee urgently advised US network operators against buying Huawei hardware in order not to enable or at least simplify espionage. For this reason, only smaller providers such as Leap and Clearwire have occasionally purchased devices from Huawei. Worldwide, however, with Vodafone, Bell Canada and Telekom Malaysia, major network operators are also among his customers.

However, an investigation into the allegations in the USA did not yield any concrete results. The German security researcher Felix Lindner made an interesting comment at the time: According to him, Huawei routers are so full of errors that no back door is needed for espionage. He was able to prove that through hacks. However, the Chinese company cleverly took up this template and asked Lindner to help ensure the safety of its products.

In India there were already accusations against Huawei in 2010. Indian network operators were not allowed to buy Chinese hardware for several months. It was said to contain technology to spy on government communications. Huawei protested and agreed to stricter controls, which ultimately led to the regulation being lifted.

In Germany, mobile phone providers also work with hardware from the Chinese supplier. Just recently, Vodafone and O2-Telefonica demonstrated an LTE network with up to 225 Mbit / s with Huawei hardware.

[with material from Michael Moore, News.com]

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