Finally, Some Sensible Talk about Huawei


Staff member
Jul 6, 2002

A new story about Huawei and Chinese spying made its way to my news feed this morning, from The Associated Press:

Since last year, the U.S. has waged a vigorous diplomatic offensive against the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, claiming that any nation deploying its gear in next-generation wireless networks is giving Beijing a conduit for espionage or worse.

But security experts say the U.S. government is likely exaggerating that threat. Not only is the U.S. case short on specifics, they say, it glosses over the fact that the Chinese don’t need secret access to Huawei routers to infiltrate global networks that already have notoriously poor security.

State-sponsored hackers have shown no preference for one manufacturer’s technology over another, these experts say. Kremlin-backed hackers, for instance, adroitly exploit internet routers and other networking equipment made by companies that are not Russian.

TL; DR banning Huawei won't stop spying, Chinese or otherwise. It's a refreshingly frank and sensible take on this whole Huawei mess, and especially great to be coming from an American news source.

Meanwhile, over in Barcelona, ZDNet was there when current Huawei chairman Guo Ping reminded Mobile World Congress attendees what was revealed to the world back in the summer of 2013:

"Prism, Prism on the wall, who is the most trustworthy of them all?" he said, referencing the previously secret National Security Agency surveillance project, telling the audience to ask Edward Snowden — the whistleblower who revealed the activity — if they didn't understand what he meant.

Yeah, funny how security threats from China don't seem quite so dire when our own governments have been spying on us all along...

Sources: Associated Press, ZDNet