Huawei, ZTE to be probed by Indian govt over cyberspying threat

Indian government is reportedly launching an investigation into equipment manufactured by the likes of Huawei, ZTE and possibly other companies as China's role in recent acts of cyberspionage is being scrutinised.

Chinese site Sina Tech cites an official in the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) who informed the website of such a move. Concerns of intelligence agencies about Chinese-manufactured telecom equipment have been known to the telecom ministry and it is now ramping up the developing of systems for testing equipment of non-Indian manufacturers, a list which could also include Cisco and Alcatel. A lab for the purpose will be established in Bangalore.

New rules in the new week (Image credit: Getty images)

Huawei and ZTE are key partners in India's telecom infrastructure (Image credit: Getty images)


According to the report, there are concerns over the use of large-scale telecom equipment manufactured in China in private and government networks without testing. Subsequently, DoT has been asked to make provisions to tackle spyware, malware and any other form of software virus in the telecom equipment that could opening a backdoor for cyber-spies

The moves come on the back of foreign telecom equipment vendors, including Huawei and ZTE, being barred from supplying gear for the national optic fibre network project in January. Then the next month, there were reports that DoT was mulling giving some Chinese companies a "domestic manufacturer" status due to these very same security concerns. It looks like such a move will now only go ahead, if at all, after the testing of equipment.

Earlier this week, the US Department of Defense had released a statement saying that intrusions originating from China have been designed to steal sensitive information from US defence and economic sectors.

Published Date: May 11, 2013 10:50 am | Updated Date: May 11, 2013 10:50 am