Senators expressed concerns that Huaweiâs plan to offer 5G network equipment to U.S. allies could put international government and military communications at risk of disruptions, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said during a recent hearing that allowing theÂ China-backed company to provide and manage the technology internationally may affect global communications, intelligence sharing and military operations.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., cited China can easily influence Huawei once itÂ secured a lead role to manage 5G networks in other countries.Â Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, backed the claim saying if Huawei controls the network, âThey control whether or not we communicate.â He added the company could use a âbug doorâ to shut down any military mission overseas that rely on the companyâs network.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said aircraft carriers may become âsitting ducksâ if communication systems are vulnerable.Â There is âstrong bipartisan alarm about the threat by posed by Huawei, which is really a threat posed by China,â he said. âWe are literally putting our national security at risk and ultimately itâs theirs [our allies] as well.â