A study has found that U.S. intelligence on Huawei’s spying is failing to deter governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America from hiring Chinese technology groups for cloud infrastructure and e-government services.
A report by the Washington-based think tank CSIS, seen by the Financial Times, identified 200 agreements between Huawei and 41 government-owned or state-owned enterprises for these services from April to April.
Cloud infrastructure typically refers to the installation of data centers, while e-government mainly involves automated administrative tasks such as licensing, healthcare, legal records and other government processes.
“Huawei’s cloud infrastructure and e-government services handle sensitive data related to citizens’ health, tax and legal records,” the survey said.
“Huawei’s creation of the niche as a supplier to government and state-owned enterprises is creating a strategic position that could give Chinese authorities valuable intelligence and even coercive benefits,” the study added.
Most of the countries involved in the deal with Huawei were in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America, and 77 percent of them fell into the “not free” or “partially free” category, according to Freedom House. Democracy Surveillance Group funded by the US government.
The CSIS report, written by Jonathan Hillman and Messiah McCalpin, states, “With several announcements after 2020, the rise in contracts since 2001 makes it clear that Huawei’s security risk warnings do not motivate decision-makers in developing countries.” “
“As a cloud infrastructure and service provider, Huawei does not own or control any customer data,” Huawei said in a statement.
“All customer data is proprietary and fully controlled by our customers.”
“Cyber security and user privacy are among Huawei’s top priorities,” the company added.
The United States has repeatedly accused Huawei Spying for the Chinese government, Sometimes using telecom “back doors” in its equipment. Washington calls Huawei and many of its affiliates a “Entity list”, Criticizing technology as semiconductor is limited to such companies.
China has repeatedly denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia’s intelligence have been made more than once. The Chinese champion, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker, had to do just that Reduce Smartphone production due to lack of supply.
The CSIS report cites several examples of security shortcomings involving Huawei cloud infrastructure and e-government services. The 655-page report, funded by the Australian government, found that Papua New Guinea had a data center built by Huawei. Obvious error Which has weakened the advantage in favor of hacks.
Huawei also won a contract in 2012 to install communications equipment at the headquarters of the African Union building in Addis Ababa. African Union officials later The accused is China Hacking the building’s computer system every night for five years and downloading confidential data.
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