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Huawei in the hot seat at US congressional hearing

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 September, 2012, 8:33am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 September, 2012, 11:37am

Representatives from Chinese telecom equipment and mobile manufacturers Huawei and ZTE appeared yesterday at a congressional hearing on cybersecurity led by the US House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee in Washington, DC. Huawei, the main target of the probe, continues to deny that its products prove a security risk.

Today, however, Bloomberg printed this:

“The companies refused to provide full and transparent answers to our questions, apparently because to turn over internal corporate documents would potentially violate China’s state-secret laws,” Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said at a hearing today where the companies stated their case for wider entry into the U.S. market.

CNET has published some of questions asked of the companies at the hearing along with their responses:

"We have never, nor will we ever, harm the networks of our customers," Ding said through an interpreter. "This would be corporate suicide."
"Even if it meant you would go to jail?" Ruppersberger pressed.
"Why would the company put us in jail?" Ding replied.

Is the hearing a witch-hunt? On Twitter, Canadian tech reporter Iain Marlow asks out loud:

And renowned tech privacy expert Christopher Soghoian points out that American IT companies with overseas operations are already known to engage in the kind of behaviour for which the two Chinese companies are now being probed:


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