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Two years ago, a parliamentary panel reportedly made an announcement saying that the government should take cautious steps regarding the telecom equipments. The government was then suggested to test the equipments for security purpose because the Chinese companies were evidently taking the contracts for supplying hardware and software to Indian firms.
But it seems the cautious statement from the parliament made then was not well-received by the government owned telecom firm, as Huawei, a China based telecom firm operating in India, has now been pointed out by BSNL for hacking into the state-owned network.
The minister of state for communications and IT, Kruparani Killi told concerned members of the Lok Sabha on Wednesday told that, "An incident about alleged hacking of BSNL's network by Huawei, a Chinese telecom company, has come to notice."
According to the reports, the company had also informed the government about allegedly accessing BSNL's mobile towers in coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh back in October 2013. It was then reported that the hacking was conducted by the engineers of Huawei.
But for now, to probe into the matter in hand will be soon made. Moreover, a team of top personalities, comprising officials from the National Security Council Secretariat, Intelligence Bureau, Union home ministry and BSNL, has been formed to investigate into the hacking. The panel will soon come out with remedial measures, but as of now the situation is under surveillance.
When it comes to offering contracts to Chinese suppliers, BSNL has already offered a major part of its network expansion tender of about 10.15 million to another Chinese company ZTE, and this happened back in 2012.