Hackers at an infamous Def Con gathering were shown how to easily slip into computer networks through some routers made by Chinese electronics colossus Huawei Technologies.
“For the 20th anniversary of Def Con the gift is China,” Recurity Labs chief Felix “FX” Lindner said as he opened his presentation.
“Nobody needs a back door; this is plausible deniability,” he quipped as he detailed weaknesses in three small Huawei routers that could be exploited using basic hacking techniques. “You get what you pay for. Sorry.”
Huawei routers, equipment that connects networks to the Internet, are widely used in Asia, Africa and the Middle East and the company has been striving to gain ground in US and European markets, according to Germany-based Recurity.