Chinese tech giant Huawei is facing a new attack as it tries to persuade the UK government to let it help build super-fast 5G networks in the country.
Top British cybersecurity officials are reportedly confident they can manage any risks from Huawei’s telecommunic
ations equipment, but a report published Wednesday by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a top security think tank, said that would be a mistake.
”Allowing Huawei’s participation is at best naive, at worst irresponsible,” the report said, sugg
esting such a move could compromise the United Kingdom’s communications infrastructure.
UK spies think they can handle Huawei in 5G networks. The US doesn’t agree
The US government is pushing allies around the world to block wireless operators from buying Huawei gear for the 5G networks t
hey’re starting to build. US officials say the company’s technology could be used by Chinese intelligence agencies for spying.
Huawei and the Chinese government have repeatedly denied the US allegations. Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
The report’s release comes days after the Financial Times reported that the UK’s National Cyb
er Security Centre had concluded the risks of using Huawei equipment in 5G networks could be managed.