Just last week, a Congress committee associated Huawei with “credible allegations” of “bribery, corruption, discriminatory behavior and copyright infringement.” The report, of course, was part of the Legislative branch’s ongoing concern of the company’s alleged threat to national security. Today Huawei may have finally caught a break from the US government, albeit a somewhat backhanded one: according to a White House ordered review, there is no evidence of spying on the Chinese company’s part. The other side of the hand lands when the report sites exploitable vulnerabilities in Huawei hardware — one person familiar with the White House review said it found the company’s equipment “riddled with holes,” and susceptible to hacking. Security complaints aside, the government’s old spying concerns are still there. “China has the means, opportunity and motive to use telecommunications companies for malicious purposes,” said report co-author Dutch Ruppersberger, explaining to Reuters that both Huawei and ZTE has pinned their limited cooperation on restrictions from the local government. Even if Huawei hasn’t been caught spying, it’s still something it could do — and that’s reason enough, it seems, for the US government to avoid doing business with the firm.
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