US Software Firm Accuses Huawei of Installing ‘Back Door’ to Spy on Pakistan

A U.S. software company is accusing Chinese tech giant Huawei of pressuring it to build a data “back door” into a government security project in Pakistan, according to a recent legal filing submitted at the Central District Court in California. California-based Business Efficiency Solutions (BES), in a lawsuit filed on Aug. 11, also accused Huawei of stealing its trade secrets, while the software company worked as Huawei’s contractor to a safe-city project in Lahore, the capital of Pakistan’s Punjab province. BES said in its lawsuit that Huawei used “one of BES’s software systems to establish a ‘backdoor’ from China into Pakistan that allowed Huawei to collect and view data important to Pakistan’s national security and other private, personal data on Pakistani citizens.” The current legal dispute was born out of a partnership between the two firms starting in 2016. That year, Huawei and Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA), a provincial …

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