Huawei employees CV reveals Chinese government links: A new study, which analyzed Huawei's employee resumes, suggests that the links between the Chinese company and Chinese intelligence and military agencies could be even deeper than previously thought. Researcher Christopher Balding of Fulbright University Vietnam has processed data from a series of more than 590 million Chinese CVs that were updated on the Internet last year to uncover these links.
With the help of three researchers from the right-wing British think-tank, the Henry Jackson Society, he went through this mass of data to find the resume of Huawei's employees. After taking a subset of 65,000 CVs, the researchers found about 25,000 CVs belonging to former employees or employees still depending on Huawei. The experts then looked for keywords like "People's Liberation Army". From there, they further narrowed the list to about a hundred individuals with national security experience.
The possible relationship between Huawei and Chinese state agencies explains why the US government claimed that Huawei posed a threat to national security. The United States maintains that Huawei provides the Chinese government with technological backdoors for espionage purposes. Huawei refuted the charges, and his boss Ren Zhengfei said last March that he would rather shut the company down instead of spying for the government.
Huawei employees CV reveals Chinese government links
R & D Engineer at Huawei while working for the Ministry of the Interior
Researcher Christopher Balding presented three resume profiles he found in an article published online, even though he modified them so that the identities of the individuals described were not revealed. One profile concerns an R & D engineer who worked at the same time as a representative of the Ministry of the Interior.
According to researcher Christopher Balding, this engineer "would have integrated a technology or software on Huawei products to capture information." He has also worked on national and international projects of "building a legal interception capability in Huawei equipment".
His study is not exhaustive and, in a blog post responding to criticism of his work, Christopher Balding said that it is not supposed to be a university document. Christopher Balding said he had not undertaken further study because policy makers need information about Huawei now.
"In an ideal world, we would take six to 12 months to do a thorough and comprehensive study - the reality is that countries are making crucial decisions about Huawei," he wrote.
The study comes a little over a week after US President Donald Trump announced he eased the government's ban on Huawei. Although researcher Christopher Balding's work is not concrete evidence that Huawei is a substitute for the Chinese government, it is likely to revive concerns in the White House and beyond.
Business Insider US has solicited Huawei for comments, but has remained unanswered. The company told the Financial Times that it was unable to verify Huawei's "resumes," adding, "We hope that any other research article will contain less guesswork when it draws conclusions." In a statement to the Telegraph, Huawei Group said it "does not work on military or intelligence projects for the Chinese government."