The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has measured the risks of using Huawei’s 5G equipment, and it was found that it is not big deal, Financial Times reported Sunday.
The cybersecurity center’s results have not yet been made public, but FT claims that it found “ways to limit the risks” via Huawei’s equipment in 5G networks.
The report does not suggest any additional details, and an official analysis from the UK government — which will perhaps be strongly influenced by the NCSC’s findings – is predicted in March or April. But if the UK government okays the use of Huawei’s 5G equipment in the country, it would be a blow to U.S. efforts to persuade its allies to avoid doing so.
U.S. government agencies are officially banned from using Huawei and ZTE equipment via a supervisory order passed in Aug. 2018, and some other countries, including Australia and New Zealand, followed suit. The U.S. government thinks that 5G networks are more exposed to cyber attacksthan prior generation networks, and is wary that Huawei, which has ties to the Chinese government, might conduct undercover activities on behalf of China.
The news tracks a report from German outlet Handelsblatt in early February, which claimed that the German government is unwilling to ban Huawei 5G equipment in the country.
Despite the disagreement and the U.S. ban, there hasn’t been any publicly obtainable evidence that Huawei has ever spied on the Chinese government. Huawei did get one more round of bad publicity in Dec. 2018, when the company CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver on doubt of bank fraud.
Huawei promised to devote $2 billion to address those concerns through developments in its software engineering capabilities. The company said in a recent letter to UK legislators that it could take as long as five years before the upgrade shows “tangible results.”