Australia bans Chinese company from Web network

Monday, March 26, 2012 Science and Technology coverage

Australia's government has banned Chinese technology giant Huawei from bidding to help build a high-speed Internet network amid concerns about cyber attacks traced to China.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Monday the move was among "prudent decisions" her government had to make to ensure the planned network functions properly.

The newspaper The Australian Financial Review reported on Monday that the government barred Huawei on the advice of intelligence officials. It said they cited a flurry of recent attempts to break into Western computer systems that have been traced to China.

Huawei expressed disappointment about the decision and a company spokesman in Australia rejected suggestions it might be a security risk.

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