Recently, Bloomberg reported that Vodafone Telecom, the largest operator in Europe, said that it has found hidden backdoors in Huawei equipment that it has purchased. Vodafone said that through these backdoors, Huawei can enter Vodafone’s cable network without authorization.
Subsequently, Huawei officially responded to the media. Huawei said that Bloomberg’s report was “misleading” and said the story “refers to the vulnerabilities in the maintenance and diagnostic functions common to the entire industry. These vulnerabilities were obtained seven years ago. Correct… Huawei has absolutely no reason to hide the back door of the equipment.”
Huawei emphasizes that this is a software vulnerability rather than a backdoor : “These are technical errors of our devices. After being identified and corrected, the recognized definition of ‘backdoor’ is a deliberately built vulnerability that can be exploited. These vulnerabilities are not the case, their reports it’s wrong.”
A Huawei spokesperson said: “Software vulnerabilities are a challenge for the entire industry. Like every ICT provider, we have a well-developed process. When a vulnerability is discovered, we work closely with our partners to take appropriate corrective actions.”
Huawei said that the problems discovered by Vodafone were solved in 2011 and 2012, and Vodafone confirmed this.
Considering that Bloomberg had previously abused the history of media smuggling reports (on October 4, 2018, the so-called “Chinese hackers” implanted microchips in large US company servers, which were directly hit by Apple Amazon), and many European countries have recently Huawei has eased its position, so it is not ruled out that Bloomberg is maliciously speculating on some historical issues at sensitive moments.