Huawei Allegedly Eavesdropped on Dutch Mobile Network KPN

Huawei was reportedly able to monitor all calls made on KPN, one of the Netherlands’ largest mobile phone networks.

The Capgemini consultancy firm reported in 2010 that Huawei could have been monitoring the calls of the provider’s 6.5m users without KPM’s knowledge.

The report remained classified but was first seen by the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant.

Among those users were former Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, various ministers, and Chinese dissidents.

Huawei said it has not abused its privileges while KPN claimed that there were no indications that lines were tapped or that customer data was stolen.

“We have never been accused by government bodies of acting in an unauthorized way,” said Huawei. 

Huawei was contracted by KPN in 2009 and commissioned the report after the Dutch domestic intelligence service, AIVD, advised them that they could fall victim to espionage. 

Despite receiving the Capgemini report, KPN still gave contracts for parts of its core 3G and 4G networks to Huawei and excluded them only last year.

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