Huawei and ZTE, both Chinese telecoms hardware makers, have denied any involvement in backdoor activities related with spying thru their products, the BBC reports.
The US had alleged Huawei and ZTE of undercover work via backdoor software in their hardware to pass along sensitive data back to China.
The claims are hot on the heels of both firms’ ramped up efforts to gain traction in major telecom equipment markets such as the US and Australia; however, both also are arriving at a roadblock.
“Huawei has not and will not jeopardise our global commercial success nor the integrity of our customers’ networks for any third party, government or otherwise,” said Charles Ding, SVP of Huawei, at a hearing before US legislature.
“What they have been calling back doors are actually software bugs,” added Zhu Jinyun, SVP of ZTE.
According to the BBC, the company execs were talking to a US legislative assembly as part of an ongoing probe of their business practices.
Committee chair Mike Rogers told both Huawei and ZTE of hints about the installment of backdoors – an undocumented way to get access to a computer system or the data it contains – that could relay back sensitive information.
“We have heard reports about back doors or unexplained beaconing from the equipment sold by both companies,” said Rogers.
Earlier this month, Huawei published a report about seeking the cooperation of governments and other companies to rid of spying and to distance itself from suggestions on related activities.
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