British telecommunications group Vodafone faced a security flaw with Huawei technology a decade ago, revealed on Tuesday amid widespread concerns about the Chinese giant that is developing 5G networks overseas.
Bloomberg reported that Vodafone, Europe's largest mobile phone company, has identified so-called software backdoors that could have provided Huawei with unauthorized access to the carrier's fixed-line network in Italy used to connect to the Internet.
The financial news network quoted Vodafone's 2009 and 2011 security documents. Vodafone told Bloomberg that the issues were resolved, while responding to the report, Huawei said in a statement: "We were informed of historical vulnerabilities in 2011 and 2012 and software vulnerabilities are a challenge for the entire industry. "
Huawei added that it has "a well-established public notification and correction process, and when a vulnerability is identified, we work closely with our partners to take appropriate corrective action."
Huawei is facing setbacks in some Western markets on fears Beijing may spy on communications and access critical infrastructures if it is allowed to develop 5G foreign networks by offering instant transfer of mobile data.
The United States is adamantly opposed to Huawei's involvement because of the company's obligation under Chinese law to assist its local government in collecting information or providing other security services when necessary.
Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has called for caution over the role of China's Huawei in the UK, saying the government should think carefully before opening the door for the technology giant to develop next-generation mobile networks.
Her comments on Monday were disclosed after the press had said that Prime Minister Theresa May conditionally allowed Huawei to build the UK's 5G network. – AFP