Huawei P30 Seller Vodafone, Finds Hidden Backdoor In Huawei Software
Vodafone the carrier that is selling the all new Huawei P30 and P20 smartphones in Australia has revealed for the first time, that they found hidden backdoors in network software that could have given Huawei unauthorized access to the carrier’s fixed-line network and home routers.
The discovery at Vodafone Italy, could have allowed the Chinese Company to spy on homes, individuals without the knowledge of either Vodafone or the Italian Government.
For months, Huawei Technologies Co. has faced U.S. allegations that it flouted sanctions on Iran, attempted to steal trade secrets from a business partner and has threatened to enable Chinese spying through the telecom networks it’s built across the West.
In Australia the Federal Government has banned the use of Huawei equipment in the building out of 5G networks.
According to Bloomberg Vodafone asked Huawei to remove backdoors in home internet routers and received assurances from the supplier that the issues were fixed, but further testing revealed that the security vulnerabilities remained, a documents now in the hands of Bloomberg revealed.
Vodafone also identified backdoors in parts of its fixed-access network which are responsible for transporting internet traffic over optical fibres. This is the same technology that the Chinese Company is still trying to sell to carriers in Australia.
Bloomberg described a backdoor, in cybersecurity terms, as a method of bypassing security controls to access a computer system or encrypted data. They can be exploited by attackers. In Vodafone’s case, the risks included possible third-party access to a customer’s personal computer and home network, according to the internal documents.