The British Home Office, Ministry of Justice, the Crown Prosecution Service and other government departments have allegedly stopped using videoconferencing equipment from Huawei due to concerns that the devices might be plagued by security vulnerabilities that could be exploited for spying.
The Sunday Mirror reported that Whitehall became concerned that top level discussions might be intercepted.
Huawei representatives have told The Telegraph that their products are secure and that the claims are “misleading.”
The company has told the South China Morning Post that the reports are inaccurate, but they’re taken seriously. The company is investigating the possibility that the equipment in question was sold to the UK government departments through a third party.
In mid-December 2013, the British National Security Adviser concluded its investigation into the activities of the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Center. The organization recommended that future senior appointments at the cyber security center should be overseen by the GCHQ.