AT&T has reportedly backed off from a proposal to sell Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei’s devices in the U.S. at the last minute on Monday.
It wasn’t immediately clear why AT&T bounced on its deal with the Shenzen, China-based manufacturer just one day before it was expected to announce the U.S. partnership at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday. AT&T remained tight-lipped to the Journal and all Huawei would comment is that it has “proven itself by delivering premium devices with integrity globally and in the U.S. market.” Huawei devices are available in the U.S. at some retail stores and online.Read more
For more than a decade, the US military and intelligence community has quietly warned that the world's largest telecom equipment manufacturer, Huawei, is an arm of the People's Liberation Army and that its phones, circuits and routers are instruments of Chinese eavesdropping.
Now these agencies are starting a formal review, led by the FBI and the NSA, examining the national security implications of Huawei's potential participation in building the US 5G wireless network, according to current and former US intelligence officials. These officials told that while the two largest US telecom providers have yet to join up with Huawei on this project, the prospect of such a partnership is real and alarming.Read more
American officials have long considered Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant, a security threat, blocking it from business deals in the United States for fear that the company would create “back doors” in its equipment that could allow the Chinese military or Beijing-backed hackers to steal corporate and government secrets.
But even as the United States made a public case about the dangers of buying from Huawei, classified documents show that the National Security Agency was creating its own back doors — directly into Huawei’s networks. The agency pried its way into the servers in Huawei’s sealed headquarters in Shenzhen, China’s industrial heart, according to N.S.A. documents provided by the former contractor Edward J. Snowden.Read more