UK reviews Huawei security center deal (as you would during a low-level cyberwar)

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Huawei has a facility in the United Kingdom called the “Cell,” in which the Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer’s products are tested to make sure they don’t have any nasty backdoors for the benefit of the Chinese military. Last month, a parliamentary committee issued a damning a report into the arrangement, noting that the Cell is staffed by Huawei employees, not UK intelligence staff as you’d expect to be the case.

Bear in mind that Huawei’s kit has found its way into many major operators’ networks over the last decade, including that of the giant, BT. The UK is full of Huawei equipment, and the committee recommended that the government should maybe review what’s going on. On Thursday, the government agreed, tasking National Security Adviser Sir Kim Darroch with investigating the Cell. He will report back to the prime minister later this year.

That said, the government added that its work…

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