As if it wasn't enough, Washington is reportedly trying to dissuade wireless and internet providers based in its allied countries including Germany, Italy, and Japan from using Huawei-built telecommunications equipment.
Officials from the USA have reached out to counterparts and executives in countries including Germany, Italy and Japan about perceived cybersecurity risks, the Journal said, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. The US maintains many military bases overseas, in Japan and Germany for example, in countries where Huawei equipment is popular.
People familiar with the matter have, also, mentioned about the government's potential plans to provide financial aid to help these countries developed their telecommunications in the event when they choose to drop Chinese-made equipment.
United States intelligence officials have expressed concern about the safety of products made by Huawei and another Chinese tech firm, ZTE.
USA has been warning its allies including Italy, Germany, and Japan to not to use Huawei products.
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Huawei has come under scrutiny in the United States recently. "We engage with countries around the world about our concerns regarding cyberthreats in telecommunications infrastructure", a USA official said.
"Huawei is surprised by the behaviours of the U.S. government detailed in the article", a Huawei spokesperson told TechRadar Pro.
Officials working for President Donald Trump's administration have briefed key allies about the national security concerns posed by Huawei, which was founded by a former People's Liberation Army major. The tough times began in 2012 when the U.S. House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee recommended keeping the firm, along with ZTE, out of the U.S. market.
Huawei has repeatedly denied such accusations, pointing out that it works with security agencies around the world and that it sells products to more than 500 operators in 170 countries without issue. "There are additional complexities to 5G networks that make them more vulnerable to cyberattacks". "If a government's behaviour extends beyond its jurisdiction, such activity should not be encouraged".