Vodafone denied a Bloomberg report on Tuesday that stated it had found “backdoors” hidden in Huawei equipment supplied to its Italian business dating back years, per *BBC.
What they’re saying: Vodafone said the “backdoors” in the report were actually a common industry protocol: “The ‘backdoor’ that Bloomberg refers to is Telnet, which is a protocol that is commonly used by many vendors in the industry for performing diagnostic functions. It would not have been accessible from the internet. Bloomberg is incorrect in saying that this ‘could have given Huawei unauthorised access to the carrier’s fixed-line network in Italy.’ In addition, we have no evidence of any unauthorised access. This was nothing more than a failure to remove a diagnostic function after development.”