CIA reportedly says Huawei is funded by Chinese state security

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According to British newspaper The Times, which cites a UK source, the Central Intelligence Agency told the country’s intelligence services about Huawei allegedly receiving funding from Chinese state security. The other Five Eyes nations (Australia, Canada, and New Zealand) were also informed.

According to the Times, the CIA “awarded a strong but not iron-cast classification of certainty” to its findings.

The US has spent years accusing Huawei of spying at the behest of the Chinese government, though it has never provided any concrete evidence. America has asked its allies not to use the firm’s 5G equipment in their networks, threatening to withhold intel from those that do. While some countries, such as Australia, have agreed with the US, others, including the UK, aren’t as worried about any potential threats. The EU does want to increase security around 5G networks, but it hasn’t proposed a ban on Huawei equipment.

Huawei is now suing the US government over the ban on its devices at a federal level, which was implemented last August, while the ongoing saga over CFO Meng Wanzhou, who is being detained in Canada and faces possible extradition to the US over claims of sanction violations, is causing more friction.

Huawei, which has long denied links with the Chinese government, said it “did not comment on unsubstantiated allegations backed up by zero evidence from anonymous sources.”

Earlier this month, MIT became the latest US University to break ties with Huawei and ZTE over what it called security risks and the government investigations into the firms.

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Hexic

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It’ll be a matter of time before it’s either proven (most likely) or disproven. And even then, the UK in their infinite brilliance may not cut ties.
 
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R00sT3R

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Its as if Western people who don't believe it, think Huawei bosses would have any choice in the matter if the Chinese Communist Party instructed them to insert 'back doors' for spying purposes.

..You don't get to say no to them unless you want a 4am wake up call and being dragged off, never to be heard of again.
 

Uncle Al

TS Evangelist
If you think it's all a fraud you need to go back and look at what happened when the US tried to build an embassy in both China and Russia in the middle of the last century ..... that will tell you everything you need to know ......
 
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Impudicus

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So you're telling me that a Chinese company may have received money from the Chinese government? My god, I'm glad American companies never receive money from the government. I couldn't imagine the conflict of interests, and potential for spying.
 

Yeppie

TS Rookie
Two words: Snowden, Apple.
Should remind you that it is exact same story. Governments control cell phone companies because they create a great intelligence network. It is naive to think otherwise. Why would any government have different relationship with a cell company in their country anyways, that would boggle my mind.
Having said that, it has never deterred me from buying apple products.

CIA should write another report on US government and Apple.
 

poohbear

TS Evangelist
Every single company in China is partially owned by the government, and they certainly can't say no to any requests from them. Anyone that has worked in China knows this is the case, the communist party controls everything in the country. For Huawei to say "no we're independent" is an outright lie!

Apple refused to comply with the US government's request to hack an iphone belonging to the San Bernardino terrorists, Huawei couldn't dream of doing such a thing.
 

fktech

TS Maniac
Every single company in China is partially owned by the government, and they certainly can't say no to any requests from them. Anyone that has worked in China knows this is the case, the communist party controls everything in the country. For Huawei to say "no we're independent" is an outright lie!

Apple refused to comply with the US government's request to hack an iphone belonging to the San Bernardino terrorists, Huawei couldn't dream of doing such a thing.
All too true.