Two recent examples of poor cybersecurity practices could weigh heavily on Huawei, as the Chinese tech giant tries to cast itself as a reliable purveyor of international telecom infrastructure to gain ground in the race to 5G.

On March 9, Dutch cybersecurity researcher Victor Gevers revealed that he had discovered a publicly available trove of what appears to be Huawei enterprise network credentials on the open-source software development platform GitHub. The type of credentials posted, which typically grant access to potentially sensitive company data, may have been posted late last year.

Less than a month later, on March 28, the UK’s Huawei Oversight Board (HCSEC) said in its annual report that Huawei’s cybersecurity suffers from “underlying defects” in software development, “bringing significantly increased risk to UK operators.” HCSEC is Huawei’s self-evaluation subsidiary in the UK, working under the oversight of British authorities.

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Eliza Gkritsi

Eliza was TechNode's blockchain and fintech reporter until July 2021, when she moved to CoinDesk to cover crypto in Asia. Get in touch with her via email or Twitter.