Huawei: Software developer accuses manufacturers of espionage attempts in Pakistan
Huawei has been arguing with Business Efficiency Solutions LLC (BES) in the US for a while. Now it goes to the federal court in the United States. For example, BES, who worked as a contractor for Huawei, told the Chinese manufacturer that a project in Pakistan had been asked to implement a back door. Huawei wanted to spy on sensitive government data. Huawei vehemently denies the allegations.
BES also accuses Huawei of stealing technology. Huawei is said to have also demanded that BES in China set up a system for Huawei that would give the company access to data on government employees and citizens of Pakistan. The whole thing was to be done as part of a surveillance project in the city of Lahore, Pakistan, which was part of a “Safe Cities” initiative. In the meantime, by the way, they are also checking within Pakistan what this is all about.
However, the CEO of the Punjab Safe Cities Authority, which is overseeing the project in Pakistan, says that no evidence has yet been found that Huawei has spied on data. A spokesman for Huawei added that they respect the intellectual property of others and that there is no evidence that Huawei ever used back doors in any of its products. In the past it had been admitted that a separate version of the Lahore system had been set up in China, but that this was only done for test purposes and isolated from the live network. So you couldn't or didn't want to record any real data. BES presents it differently, because that was exactly the purpose.
Incidentally, BES and Huawei worked together on the project in Lahore in Pakistan, but business relationships then got into trouble and they sued each other. BES now no longer offers any services and no longer reports any income. But there was also other criticism of Huawei's Safe Cities projects. Data protectionists criticized Huawei, for example, that it was now exporting surveillance mechanisms like those used in China in order to control the population. Huawei itself does not want to hear about it and explains that it is not about monitoring citizens, but about protecting them from crime. Pakistan has been the most important customer so far.
It is probably impossible for an outsider to judge whether Huawei has recorded sensitive data from Pakistan, as BES claims, or whether they are trying to get more money after a failed deal. An end to the legal proceedings is also not in sight for the time being.
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