CyberTech Rambler

April 25, 2014

It all boils down to trust …

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 2:49 pm

Huawei has a point when it says that it will committing commercial suicide if it let the Chinese put a spy back door.

My take is all the issues about Chinese Spying via Huawei gears are protectionist/scaremongering  move. In other words business strategy dressed up as bogus national security concerns.

Western agencies are perfectly capable of vetting the gears without having to do what NSA did, i.e.,  hacking into Huawei to examine the source code.

It is, however, possible that Huawei’s relative lack of experience means their products is more vulnerable to hacking and so anyone, western and eastern spy agencies alike, can hack into it more easily than gears from established player.

Also there is nothing to say another Western Intelligence Agency did not plant anything on their gear when they are shipped off to friendly countries.

Therefore, Huawei’s gear is no different from similar gears from other supplier.

After so much ranting, I am getting to the reason for this post: While Huawei “commercial suicide” theory has a point, and after stripping away the protectionist interest and look at the gears in a more rational approach, Huawei still have a problem:  people just don’t trust the company.  That is why accusation like these has legs.

Huawei probably does not have a choice but to grin and bear it for now. I do not think it can ever get out of this trust issue, but the distrust will dilute away with time, especially if there is no scandal along the way.

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1 Comment »

  1. I worked for almost 20 years for Nortel Networks. Beginning about 2000, Huawei began producing exact clones of our products, priced precisely – and I mean precisely – 1/3 less than ours.

    So, we began to lose business, even though we were the dominant producer of telecommunications equipment in the world.

    In the next several years, this had such an impact on our company that it went bankrupt.

    There have been many allegations that Huawei hacked our systems, stole our designs, and then re-implemented them without having to spend the Billions of dollars in R&D that we did.

    There is no definitive proof of this. But, I appeal to your common sense.

    And now, this same company is claiming that it doesn’t do anything bad, like acting as an agent of the PRC, or putting backdoors into its products.

    Make your own mind up, based on part facts.

    Comment by easson — April 28, 2014 @ 12:22 am | Reply


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