Government launches probe after Huawei engineers allegedly hack BSNL's network

The probe will also ascertain corporate rivalry between Huawei and another Chinese company, ZTE, which bagged BSNL's network expansion tender of about 10.15 million lines in 2012, and led to the hacking.

Published Date
06 - Feb - 2014
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06 - Feb - 2014
 
Government launches probe after Huawei engineers allegedly hack B...

The Indian government has launched an investigation after engineers of Chinese telecom company Huawei allegedly hacked BSNL's network.

Confirming the development, Minister of state for communications and IT Kruparani Killi said in the Parliament: “An incident about alleged hacking of BSNL's network by Huawei, a Chinese telecom company, has come to notice.”

According to reports, the government was informed about an October 2013 incident of unauthorised access to BSNL’s mobile towers in coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh. It was believed that hacking was conducted by the engineers of Huawei.

The investigation team is comprised of top officials from the National Security Council Secretariat, Intelligence Bureau, Union home ministry and BSNL. The probe team will be investigate into the alleged hacking and provide suggestions to prevent such incidents.

The investigation team will also look into possibilities if the incident was due to inter-corporate rivalry between Huawei and ZTE, which bagged BSNL's network expansion tender of about 10.15 million lines in 2012.

Almost two years ago, a Parliamentary panel had warned the government about increasing supply of hardware and software equipment by Chinese companies to the Indian firms. The panel had warned the government to consider USA's warning on dealing with Chinese firms.

Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE have strongly denied allegations of cyber espionage threats.

It's worth pointing out here several Indian telecom players have tied with these two firms for roll-out of their network. Aircel has tied up with ZTE for deployment of its 4G LTE network in India.

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Source: Indian Express