Can we trust Huawei with 5G?

The backbone of America’s future wireless communications could be under threat, according to a congressional hearing Wednesday on the security of 5G.

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) argued that the new 5G networks could be prone to foreign interference, particularly if they relied on foreign-built hardware that could be vulnerable to supply chain attacks. “We must be certain that there is a secure supply chain backing up our 5G system,” Cantwell said. “We cannot tolerate a leaky valve or a back-door into these networks.”

She did not mention Huawei by name, but the Chinese company has repeatedly been raised as a specter by lawmakers, who argue that the Chinese government could use the telecommunications giant as a way to infiltrate sensitive…

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