Huawei poses national security risks, says UK watchdog

The government-led watchdog set up to vet Huawei products has given a damning report on the cybersecurity risks posed by the Chinese company’s involvement in the British telecommunications industry.

The annual report published by the Huawei oversight board, which is chaired by the head of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre, said it has found further “significant technical issues in Huawei’s engineering processes leading to new risks in the UK telecommunications networks”.

The 46-page report did not call for a ban on Huawei’s equipment being used in the roll-out of next-generation 5G networks, which critics say could be exploited to allow Beijing to spy on communications in the UK. Huawei denies the accusations.

The watchdog said Huawei had made “no material progress” in addressing security flaws identified in last year’s report and raised serious doubts about the Chinese company’s ability to deliver a $2bn (£1.5bn) programme to address concerns previously raised by the UK watchdog.

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