China’s Huawei Laptop Backdoor Flaw, are you surprised?
We all know how the U.S. Government has accused Huawei of facilitating Chinese spying. Now, the other shoe drops. According to a report, a flaw in Huawei Matebook laptops, found by Microsoft researchers, could have been used to take control of machines.
The “sophisticated flaw” had probably been introduced at the manufacturing stage, one expert told BBC News. Huawei is under increasing scrutiny around the world over how closely it is tied to the Chinese government. The company, which denies any collusion with Beijing, corrected the flaw after it was notified about it in January. Prof Alan Woodward, a computer security expert based at Surrey University, told BBC News the flaw had the hallmarks of a “backdoor” created by the US’s National Security Agency to spy on the computers of targets. That tool was leaked online and has been used by a wide variety of hackers, including those who are state-sponsored and criminal gangs. “It was introduced at the manufacture stage but the path by which it came to be there is unknown and the fact that it looks like an exploit that is linked to the NSA doesn’t mean anything,” Prof Woodward said.
Now, about that new Huawei laptop you got…