Huawei Technologies chief security officer Andy Purdy is denying claims that China can covertly access mobile devices around the world through “back doors” designed for use by law enforcement.
Purdy’s comments came on the Fox Business show “Mornings With Maria” during a Thursday interview.
A Tuesday report in The Wall Street Journal quoted U.S. officials as saying Huawei has had this secret capability for more than a decade. The newspaper reported that the U.S. had kept the intelligence highly classified until late 2019. U.S. officials then provided details to allies, including Germany and the United Kingdom.
The newspaper noted that Huawei, which many suspect has ties to Chinese intelligence, has had this spying tool in its arsenal since at least 2009.
“I think it’s fantastic news that the U.S. has decided to declassify this information that they’ve been providing to our allies without being able to convince them,” Purdy said. “So I would ask the U.S., please, release this information.”
The U.K., going against U.S. recommendations, decided to allow Huawei to help build some of its 5G technology. Huawei is based in Shenzen, China, and is subsidized by the Chinese Communist Party, Fox Business reported.
Purdy maintained Huawei cannot give law enforcement back door access without equipment provided by other companies. He said Huawei “can’t access the information.”
He added that “most of the world does not agree there is such evidence” to prove Huawei provides secret access to the Chinese government.
“We can prove that our data is subject to total control by the carriers. Every keystroke that we access is recorded.”