Huawei gained access to data and phone calls for 6.5 million Dutch KPN users, including the Prime Minister: Report

Huawei, a Chinese military technology company that supplied communications equipment to the Netherlands’ largest mobile network, KPN, had unlimited access to 6.5 million users of the Dutch company, including the telephone and personal data of the then Prime Minister of the Netherlands.

On April 17, the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant reported that in 2010 KPN commissioned a Capgemini consultancy to conduct an internal investigation into the security of the Huawei core network. However, according to de Volkskrant, Capgemini’s confidential reports were so terrible that KPN filled them in until recently it came to light.

Capgemini reported that Huawei staff broke into the core of KPN’s system, accessing and eavesdropping on all subscriber numbers, including then-Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, from both inside KPN’s office and in China. .. China-based Chinese national security forces can do the same. The report also states that it has unlimited access to the personal data of all KPN users.

KPN’s members include the Prime Minister, ministers, politicians, businesses, individuals and Chinese dissidents, who are the main targets of CCP administration oversight.

According to the report, Huawei also knew which numbers the Dutch police and intelligence agencies and security service AIVD (Algemene Inlichtingen en Veiligheidsdienst) were tapping.

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The Huawei logo was shot at the IFA Consumer Tech Fair in Berlin, Germany, on September 6, 2019. (Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters)

According to the report, when Huawei’s core network technology was installed on KPN’s system in 2009, Huawei had six employees working at KPN’s former headquarters in The Hague.

KPN asked Capgemini to investigate and report in 2010 after Huawei was repeatedly warned by AIVD that Huawei was suspected of widespread technical intrusion and espionage and its network equipment was highly suspicious. Based on Capgemini’s report, KPN has decided to refrain from outsourcing full maintenance of its mobile core network to Huawei. Other than that, the Dutch company took no further action, according to de Volkskrant, but obscured the report.

A Dutch newspaper also reported that Huawei had unlimited access to customer data from KPN’s subsidiary Telfort as early as 2004. Despite an audit in 2011 by KPN that confirmed and warned of a Telfort customer data breach, KPN did nothing more and did not investigate or warn Telfort’s customers.

On April 19, KPN acknowledged the existence of the report, stating that “Huawei has never been observed to obtain client information,” and “unauthorized, controlled, or unlimited access to our networks and systems.” There was no supplier who did.

KPN’s core may still be exposed to espionage, as internal sources have access to De Volkskrant and Huawei still have some control over KPN’s 4G network after the KPN statement was released. Said there was. Huawei employees have “administrator privileges” on KPN’s core platform because Huawei’s equipment is installed on KPN’s core platform.

As a leading supplier of KPN’s 3G and 4G mobile network equipment, Huawei has denied allegations of improper surveillance of KPN users. “We have never been accused of acting fraudulently by government agencies,” it said. Said, According to the Guardian.

Huawei, which has close ties to the Chinese Communist Party’s military, raises widespread security concerns in many Western countries. The US government has blacklisted Huawei and its suppliers and imposed sanctions, but Chinese tech companies are vying for control over global 5G networks.