New Evidence of Huawei's Cyber-security Allegations Surfaces in Australia

In the past year, unconfirmed rumors have arisen that the Chinese phone manufacturing giant Huawei, whose primary business is telecommunications provision, has been a front for the Chinese government to spy on its customers which led the United States Pentagon last May to ban sales of Huawei and ZTE phones from being sold in retail stores in the US on the basis of security risk

It seems that new evidence of the claim has surfaced in Australia.

The Australian reports the documents lay out an incident within the past two years where Chinese spies pressured Huawei staff to give passwords to gain privileged access to a foreign network. The network was not in Australia nor Australian-owned. It is not known if the operation was successful.

In a public affirmation this week by the Signal Directorate, the cybersecurity branch of the government had concerns about the security of the Chinese telecommunications giant. Huawei was officially banned in August from bidding on any contracts for deploying 5G in Australia as the US also banned sales of its phones in the US.

From the outset, Huawei has denied any surreptitious activity and continues to in its latest statement:

Huawei categorically denies it has ever provided or been asked to provide, customer information for any government or organisation.

[The company has] an unblemished record of cybersecurity.

Remedial talks between Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to occur during the APEC Economic Leaders Week this month.