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All Five Eyes countries, exept Canada, ban Huawey over security fears

All Five Eyes countries, exept Canada, ban Huawey over cyber and national security fears. After US and Australia, also New Zealand blocks the Chinese company from providing 5G technology

The “Five Eyes” countries follow the US president Donald Trump’s request to ban Huawei mobile operator on national cyber and national security fears. After United States, Australia blocked the company and the firm ZTE from providing 5G technology for the country’s wireless networks. Today, New Zealand issued the same measure. The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) halted the mobile company Spark from using Huawei equipment in its planned 5G upgrade, saying it posed a “significant network security risk.” Before them, also UK raised concerns about the IT group. A security committee report in July warned that it had “only limited assurance” that Huawei’s telecoms gear posed no threat to national security. At the moment, the only member of the group with a different opinion is Canada. Ottawa allowed the Chinese company to participate in the development of national 5G mobile networks, following the recommendations from the Communications Security Establishment (CSE).

Five Eyes countries fears, given the close ties between companies and state, that Chinese government could use Huawei for espionage purposes. The cyber attacks and the malware built mobile phones are a dangerous precedents

Cyber security and intelligence experts of the Five Eyes countries fear that China, given the close ties between companies and state, could use the Huawei technology for espionage purposes. Both at strategical and economical level. In the last years, in fact, Beijin state-sponsored hackers have been engaged in a lot of operations to spy and intellectual property theft. One of the last episodes are the recent cyber attacks against Apple and Amazon. Furthermore, in March Dr. Web researchers discovered that at least 40 models of cheap Android smartphones made in China were infected by the Triad Trojan, one of the most dangerous in circulation. Moreover, the malware was inserted in the mobile devices directly in the factories, and the number of infected ones could actually be much larger. A significant news if you think that the Chinese new laws, introduced last year, require national firms assist in country’s intelligence efforts.


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