According to the Australian newspaper Chinese espionage services used telecommunications giant Huawei’s staff to get access codes to infiltrate a foreign network. They then mounted an attack.
The report is important because while there have been many broad allegations that telecommunications equipment providers Huawei and ZTE sabotage products so that spies can conduct espionage, the public is in the dark about how and if the nation has ever used that capacity.
Australia’s government banned Huawei and ZTE products from the upcoming 5G expansion. The US has made it functionally untenable for service providers to use those products as well.
Huawei has always denied any allegations of spying for the Chinese government.
The new information has emerged ahead of the first Australian ministerial visit to China in a year. Trade Minister Simon Birmingham is due to go to Shanghai next week, and a meeting between Scott Morrison and President Xi Jinping is expected at the APEC leaders’ meeting over the next two weeks, amid hopes of resetting the strained relationship.