Huawei engineering process contains ‘significant’ security flaws, British spy bosses warn


CHINESE phone giant Huawei poses more risk to Britain’s cyber security than first thought, spy chiefs have warned.

A probe identified new flaws in gear the firm produces that could put UK ­telecommunications networks at greater danger from hackers.

CEO Richard Yu has led Huawei to become the world’s second-largest smartphone seller behind Samsung
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Huawei also failed to correct problems found last year with equipment used to connect devices to the net, a report added.

It follows US claims that Huawei kit could be used by Beijing for spying or sabotage.

In its report, Britain’s oversight board, which includes officials from GCHQ and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), said “no material progress has been made . . . in the remediation of the issues reported last year”.

It added: “Further significant technical issues have been identified in Huawei’s engineering processes, ­leading to new risks in the UK telecommunications networks.”

It urged Huawei, whose smartphones increasingly rival Apple and Samsung’s, to ­correct its software engineering and cyber security processes.

Huawei, headed by  Richard Yu, said it would work with UK operators and the NCSC to meet requirements.

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