Vodafone discovered security faults in Huawei's internet routers that were used by millions of people nearly ten years ago.
Europe's largest mobile operator said Tuesday it found "vulnerabilities" in consumables from the Chinese telecommunications company to Vodafone Italy between 2009 and 2012.
Vodafone and Huawei both confirmed that the vulnerabilities were detected in the Chinese router, but denied claims in a Chinese router. Bloomberg report that security breaches were "hidden back doors" that could be used to spy on millions of people's Internet browsing.
The emergence of security lapses ̵[ads1]1; which, according to Bloomberg, was also found in Vodafone's network in the UK, Germany, Spain and Portugal – coming as the United States tells Britain to ban Huawei from upcoming 5G networks due to fear The Chinese state could use the technology to to spy on Western governments.
On Monday, the United States said it would review intelligence sharing with the UK if Theresa May did not reverse its decision to allow Huawei equipment to be used in the UK's next-generation mobile network. Robert Strayer, an assistant assistant secretary at the US State Department, said that the use of the Chinese company's equipment in any area of the UK's 5G network was "an unacceptable risk".
The UK National Security Council consists of top ministers and intelligence officers, last week agreeing to allow Huawei to deliver "non-core" technology in future 5G networks despite objections from five governments.
The United States calls all Allies in "Five Eyes" intelligence grouping – which also includes Canada, Australia and New Zealand – to exclude the company. Australia and New Zealand have already blocked telecom companies from using Huawei equipment in 5G networks, while Canada is still considering its relationship with the company.
The Bloomberg story cited Vodafone 2009-12 security reports, which said the telecommunications company had found "telnet services, which Bloomberg said could be used for remote device management and provide Huawei access to sensitive data".
Both Vodafone and Huawei refused that telnet services could be used as a backdoor that allows users to be spied on. The companies said the telnet equipment was going to test the network, was left behind by an accident and was later removed.
Huawei said in a statement: "The story published by Bloomberg today is misleading. It refers to a maintenance and diagnostic function, which is common in the industry, as well as vulnerabilities, which were corrected over seven years ago. is absolutely no truth in the suggestion that Huawei conceals backdoors in the equipment. "
A Vodafone spokesman said:" Bloomberg's back door is telnet, a protocol commonly used by many industry vendors to perform diagnostic Features. It would not have been available from the Internet. Bloomberg is wrong by saying that "this could have given Huawei unauthorized access to the carrier's fixed network in Italy."
"In addition, we have no evidence of unauthorized access. This was nothing more than a mistake in removing a diagnostic function after development. The issues were identified by independent security testing, initiated by Vodafone as part of our routine security measures, and determined by Huawei. "
Vodafone's spokesman also denied Bloomberg's claim that the same issues were identified in Vodafone's UK, Germany, Spain, and Portugal networks.
Vodafone's security report, quoted by Bloomberg, is said to have found six" critical "and nine "Big" security breaches in the Huawei technology Vodafone Chief Information Security Officer is quoted in the 2011 report: "Unfortunately for Huawei, the political background means that this event will make life even harder for them when they try to prove themselves an honest supplier.
"What is of most concern here is that Huawei's actions agree to remove the code, so try to hide it, and now refuse to remove it as they need it to be" quality "."