Huawei, one of Chinaâ€™s largest networking and telecom hardware providers, has offered the Australian government access to the companyâ€™s source code to fight cyber-espionage accusations issued earlier this month by the Intelligence Committee of the US House of Representatives.
After being publicly blamed for bundling their device firmware with backdoors, Huawei is trying to clear its name and keep its ties with worldwide customers. According to a report by the BBC, the US advisory puts the Chinese telecom hardware provider in an extremely weak position and banned it from bidding on contracts for development of the Australian broadband network.
“Huawei has done a very poor job of communicating about ourselves and we must take full responsibility for that,” said John Lord, chairman of Huawei’s Australian division.
Unrestricted access to the source code will allow the Australian government to easily comb through what exactly the networking gear shipped by the Chinese vendor is capable of and ensure that there is no security risk for companies that rely on Huawei products.
Networking equipment is a key component of corporate and government infrastructures as they carry all inbound and outbound traffic. If a foreign government had access to the routers, they could snoop on traffic and intercept confidential information with no problem.
This is not the first time Huawei has been regarded with suspicion over its alleged ties with the Chinese government and its involvement in cyber-warfare. However, a White House report released last week revealed no evidence of interference by the Chinese government in the Huawei products.