(Reuters) – United Kingdom chastised China Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. In order not to address long-term security deficiencies in the mobile network equipment, and revealed new "significant technical problems", which increased the pressure on the company as it is contrary to Western claims that Beijing could use its spying tool.
In a report published on Thursday, the government-led board that oversees the waving of Huawei tools in the UK said that continued problems with the company's software development would have "significantly increased the risk for UK operators."
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Officials in the United States and elsewhere have become increasingly public in expressing concern that Huawei's equipment could be used by Beijing to spy or sabotage, in particular when the operators move to the next generation mobile network, known as 5G.
Shenzhen, China-based Huawei said in a statement that it took the Monitoring Committee's concerns "very seriously" and that the problems identified in the report "provide vital input for the ongoing transformation of our software developments."
Huawei promised last year Spending more than $ 2 billion as part of efforts to address issues previously identified by the UK, but also warned it can take up to five years to see results.  British security officers said earlier that they believed any risks that Huawei could handle could be handled.
The report said the government committee: "These finds are about basic engineering skills and cyber security hygiene that gives rise to vulnerabilities that can be exploited by a number of actors."
"The National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) does not consider that they identified the defects are a result of state interference, "it added.
The work of the Supervisory Committee and its results will help inform future government policy on network security, officials say, but the final decision lies with ministers.
British officials now need to see evidence of significant change, the report said, adding that Huawei had failed to follow through security commitments made as far back as 2012.
"The evidence of lasting change is particularly important because similar strongly-worded commitments from Huawei in the past did not have
The report with 40 pages page identified several new technical problems w with Huawei equipment and revealed that the problems were on a larger scale than previously Recognized Publicly
These include problems related to a product called eNodeB, which provides a link between the network and a user's mobile phone.
According to the monitoring committee, updated versions of software intended to include security enhancements were reported, but found that "the general software technology and security quality f micro product continues to show a significant number of major errors ".
The report also said the laboratory had reported to British operators "several hundred vulnerabilities and problems" in 2018.
The Board added the overall, the problems reveal "serious and systematic errors in Huawei's software development and security skills".
And, as a result, the board still could only provide limited assurance that the security risks posed by Huawei equipment could be a man
It added: "The Supervisory Committee recommends that it will be difficult to handle future products in connection with UK deployments until the underlying defects in Huawei's software and security processes are corrected. "  The board upgraded its level of assurance in its latest report, published in July 2018. In addition to the British officials on the board, board members from British telecommunications operators and Huawei managers are included.