Tuesday, 23 June 2020 13:29

Huawei fires back at Malcolm Turnbull for comments linking cyber attack to 5G ban Featured


Huawei Australia has hit back at comments from former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in the Australian Financial Review, which cited recent cyber attacks to justify the Federal Coalition Government’s ban on Huawei from delivering 5G in Australia.

Huawei said it was “extremely disappointed” in the comments by Turnbull.

“It is completely inappropriate for Mr. Turnbull to claim - as reported in the AFR - that the recent cyber-attacks on Australia by a so far unnamed foreign country justify the 5G ban on Huawei in Australia,” Huawei said in a statement issued on Tuesday morning.

In its statement Huawei adding this excerpt from Malcolm Turnbull's comments:...“That didn’t mean we thought Huawei was currently being used to interfere with our telecommunications networks. Our approach was a hedge against a future threat: not the identification of a smoking gun but a loaded one.”

“Huawei has a spotlessly clean record here in Australia on cyber-security in our sixteen years operating in this country working with network operators such as TPG, Vodafone and Optus and over 30 years globally across 170 countries," Huawei said in its statement.

“Indeed, in his recently published memoir Mr. Turnbull admits that the 5G ban was not based on any actions Huawei had undertaken.

“It is bad enough that Mr. Turnbull based his 5G ban on inaccurate technical advice on 5G network architecture but even worse that he now further maligns our name by reportedly associating us with cyber-attacks that have nothing to do with our company.

“When serving as Shadow Minister for Communications and later as Minister for Communications Mr. Turnbull was privately supportive of Huawei, especially our role in delivering technology to operators like Openreach in the UK and was also a welcome guest at our company HQ in Shenzhen.

“Under Mr. Turnbull’s tenure as Minister for Communications between 2013-2015 Huawei became the most successful 4G vendor in the Australian market, supplying well over half the Australian population with our technology and at no point did Mr. Turnbull raise any security concerns with us.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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