Britain says it has no evidence of spying by Huawei

UK Security Heads Say They Can Handle Potential Huawei 5G Threat

UK Security Heads Say They Can Handle Potential Huawei 5G Threat

Such statements have led some experts to speculate that Britain will not outright ban Huawei when it makes a decision about the future of its 5G network, but rather impose more-stringent standards.

Bloomberg has reported that the "nightmare scenario" for telephone companies would be if they have to remove Huawei equipment from their systems.

Large amounts of money and resources are at stake as Huawei is deeply involved in European telecoms networks.

In his address to the Munich Security Conference last Saturday US Vice-President Mike Pence also raised the issue of Huawei, repeating the US assertion that it posed a threat because of a Chinese law requiring telecom companies to share information with the government.

Meanwhile, Politik website has reported a "secret agreement" between the previous National government and the United Kingdom meant the British would test "all equipment and computer code that Huawei was planning to deploy in New Zealand".

"In the 1,200 or so significant cybersecurity incidents the NCSC has managed since we were set up, the country of origin of suppliers has not featured among the main causes for concern in how these attacks are carried out", he said.

Martin said no decisions have yet been made and "everything is on the table".

The ministry said for that to be ensured, the requirements must be anchored in Germany's telecommunications law and discussions on how to do that are now ongoing.

Some UK telecoms, such as Vodafone, EE and Three, have been complaining about the cost of switching from Huawei gear, as the companies have already started deploying some 5G equipment purchased from Huawei or don't want to throw away the old Huawei gear they've been using.

Officials are wary of the security issues that could arise with Chinese involvement, and the German Interior Ministry said Wednesday that internal discussions were still ongoing on how to proceed.

The Chinese government has denied it would demand access to Huawei's technology for spying, and the company has said it would refuse such a request. All these arguments were "short on technical understanding of cyber security and the complexities of 5G architecture".

"But when it comes to issues of vulnerability as every country has we have agencies dedicated to doing the work of assessing threats and risks".

USA officials have been pressuring European allies to shun the company over worries that Huawei equipment could be used by Beijing for electronic espionage.

Huawei Founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei.

United States officials have raised concern with allies and foreign partners, including Britain, about allowing Huawei parts in their 5G networks.

"As we said then, and repeat today, these problems are about standard of cyber security; they are not indicators of hostile activity by China", the British official said.

"We will monitor and report on progress and we will not declare the problems are on the path to being solved unless and until there is clear evidence that this is the case", he said.

The report cited "two people familiar with the conclusion", who had been reached by the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

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