US cyber official calls Huawei 'duplicitous, deceitful,' as UK spy chief confirms Chinese threat

At World Mobile Congress in Spain, Huawei Chair defended the beleagured telecom company, claiming 'we don't do bad things'

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(By Associated Press)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Jeremy Fleming, the head of Britain’s primary intelligence agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHG), this week in Singapore is drawing the world’s attention to the threat posed by China’s push develop telecommunications tech throughout the world.

Commenting on national security concerns surrounding tech giant Huawei, Fleming cautions that the problem is much larger than a single company.

Fleming was quoted by Reuters.

“The strategic challenge of China’s place in the era of globalized technology is much bigger than just one telecommunications equipment company. It’s a first order strategic challenge for us all. We have to understand the opportunities and threats from China’s technological offer.”

The remarks from Fleming comes shortly after another British intelligence agency, the National Cyber Security Centre, concluded that risks presented by Huawei’s involvement with the country’s 5G network could be effectively mitigated with proper oversight.

While not a direct response to the National Cyber Security Center, the GCHQ chief’s remarks this week may cast some doubt on those assertions.

On Tuesday, Feb. 26 in Barcelona, Spain at the 2019 Mobile World Congress, there were harsh words and very different messages for Huawei executives and U.S. cyber security officials.

Huawei’s Chairman Guo Ping tried to ally the security concerns of many governments and consumers by claiming that Huawei “doesn’t do bad things.” Guo rejected claims that Huawei was involved in espionage.

However, U.S. Ambassador Robert Strayer, a state department official responsible for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy, called the message from Huawei “duplicitous and deceitful.”

The U.S. delegation at the conference made it a priority to dissuade allies from dealing with the suspect company, reports Business Insider.