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Huawei accused of installing data ‘back door’ in safe-city projects in Pakistan

A US-based contractor has sued Huawei for allegedly stealing its trade secrets following their work together on a project in Pakistan.

California-based software company Business Efficiency Solutions LLC has alleged that Huawei Technologies Co pressured it to build back-door access to a law-enforcement project for the Pakistani government . Through this, the Chinese tech major is allegedly able to fish out sensitive information out of Pakistan, like national ID card records, tax records and more.

“Huawei also began to use 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,” alleges the suit.

The allegations have been made in a lawsuit filed in California district court on Wednesday.

As mentioned in the report by The Wall Street Journal, the lawsuit follows a long-running legal dispute between the two firms. Huawei and BES initially worked together at Lahore’s safe-city project in 2016. Huawei hired BES to provide software and other services for the project, but the relationship between the firms soured and both the companies filed lawsuits against each other in Pakistan, which run to date. BES has ceased to exist since the fallout.

The complaint accused Huawei of using the software “as a backdoor from China into Lahore to gain access, manipulate, and extract sensitive data important to Pakistan’s national security.”

Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment; neither did BES nor its lawyers Paul Tripodi and David Vondle of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

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