In addition, Poland Internal Security Agency also arrested a Polish official who understands the Polish government's encrypted communication network infrastructure. Huawei's local offices were also searched, TVP reported.
Poland has arrested a Huawei Technologies Co. employee and a former Polish security agent and accused them of spying for China, public television news channel TVPInfo said Friday. If a Huawei exec was directly involved in espionage, it will be hard to explain how the company wasn't aware of those activities. If they are found guilty, they face up to 10 years in prison.
"Huawei has always abided by applicable laws and regulations of the country where it is located... and requires all employees to abide by the country's laws and regulations", it said. Also going by the Polish first name Stanislaw, the Chinese man had previously worked at the Chinese consulate.
The news has deepened global concerns about Huawei, the world's largest telecom equipment manufacturer, which is facing problems amid growing suspicion over its ties to the Chinese government.
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Weijing Wang is a Polish language graduate of Beijing Foreign Studies University.
"Huawei's biggest challenge is to prove to its partners across the world that the quality of its cyber-security services is second to none and that there's no possibility of backdoor intrusion", said Ghernatoui at the Swiss Cybersecurity Advisory and Research Group.
Even so, the US, Britain, Australia and New Zealand have announced plans to remove Huawei equipment from their cellular networks, leaving Canada as the only country in the "Five Eyes" intelligence network not to take steps against the Chinese firm. A spokesperson for Orange Polska told NPR that the company was cooperating with authorities.
Following her arrest, two Canadians, diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor, were detained in China on grounds of national security, in what has largely been seen as retaliation for the case. She has been released on bail, but faces a lengthy legal fight over extradition to the US.
Instead, many analysts in China have painted the attacks on Huawei as an attempt to thwart the rise of a Chinese technological giant, and insulate Western firms from competition.