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Huawei "shocked or sometimes amused" by security allegations, will accept EU oversight

By mongeese · 10 replies
Feb 9, 2019
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  1. Liu says Europe is Huawei’s second home, and indeed it is. It’s the company’s second largest market in terms of sales, after China, they have some 12,000 employees there and thus far they’ve purchased $6.7 billion in goods and services from the Union’s members.

    Cutting to the chase, Liu began his speech by emphasizing Huawei’s separation from the Chinese government and their dedication to security, before moving on to tangible actions. Perhaps the most significant is Huawei’s “willingness to accept the supervision and suggestions of all European governments, customers, and partners.”

    It’s a surprising offer and there’ll be no shortage of groups taking them up on it. To help them execute this oversight and to improve Huawei’s security in general, Huawei will be opening a cybersecurity research center in Brussels next month.

    More impressively, Huawei has promised to invest nearly $2 billion over the next five years in their Integrated Products Development 2.0 transformation program, which is targeting improved security. However, they remain adamant that the money is only to reassure partners and that they’re already the best in the business.

    “Recently Huawei has been under constant attack by some countries and politicians. We are shocked or sometimes feel amused by those ungrounded and senseless allegations. For example, yesterday the U.S. ambassador to the European Union said someone in Beijing can remotely run a certain car off the road that's on the 5G network and kill the person that's in it. This is an insult to people’s intelligence let alone the technology experts across Europe.”

    Other than some shady business practices (that have nothing to do with customer security), Huawei is correct in saying that there’s no evidence that they’ve been spying for the Chinese government. They’re also correct in pointing out that they’ve never suffered a security breach.

    On the other hand, particularly in light of an upcoming presidential order that would ban the company’s 5G equipment completely, there’s a real possibility that something’s going on that we just don’t know about.

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  2. xxLCxx

    xxLCxx TS Addict Posts: 231   +153

    Ever heard about Cisco? Double standards and fake democracies...
  3. Dr Aggressive

    Dr Aggressive TS Enthusiast Posts: 18   +25

    Shhhhh... we're not supposed to talk about that
    Hasbean, Darth Shiv, Burty117 and 3 others like this.
  4. poohbear

    poohbear TS Maniac Posts: 282   +201

    The Chinese government has a stake in every company there, no company is a "private" company. To allow their biggest telecommunications company to run or install a new network is to allow the Chinese government to do it. Communist countries don't have independent enterprises, China is no exception and up until recently they were very open about that. Now Huwuai has the gall to say they're independent of the Chinese government?
  5. xxLCxx

    xxLCxx TS Addict Posts: 231   +153

    Like Google would be independent of the (real) US government? They founded it (MDDS/DARPA-NSF grants).
  6. poohbear

    poohbear TS Maniac Posts: 282   +201

    The US government is beholden to an independant judicial system that holds it accountable and investigates it. The Chinese one party government does not, and does as it pleases with no checks or balances. Can u ever imagine something like the current FBI investigation into the Trump government happening in China? The legal system serves the government there, they have no independence.
  7. dogofwars

    dogofwars TS Addict Posts: 175   +71

    I would call that paperland because in reality it is not as clear cut as that. Remember Clapper he lied to congress and said there was no program like what Snowden talk about and yet there was.
    erickmendes likes this.
  8. xxLCxx

    xxLCxx TS Addict Posts: 231   +153

    Something like the FBI, involved in various murders - from Martin Luther King, Jr. to the assassination of 'their own' president, JFK?
  9. cmc487

    cmc487 TS Rookie

    We have a goverment that accuse other countries about spionage when they do it on a daily basis to the US.
    xxLCxx likes this.
  10. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Evangelist Posts: 567   +246

    Painting a target on Huawei while Google/Instagram/Facebook is digesting all our photos/phonecalls/messages/whatever from the entire planet to the USA gov.
    xxLCxx likes this.
  11. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,958   +576

    THAT does NOT mean they have backdoors into everything. Please cite evidence to the contrary.

    We DO know Qualcomm and Intel both partner with the NSA. And we DO know the NSA siphons data without warrants. And we DO know that data has been compromised in the past. And we DO know they illegally provide the data to other parties.

    The biggest threat to internet security by FAR is the NSA. If they surrepticiously provide asymmetric algorithms with backdoors for example (e.g. elliptic curve crypto is EXTREMELY small keysize - a vulnerability would be catastrophic), they would allow plaintext reading of transactions on the net and so on. It would be taking the lid off pandora's box.
    xxLCxx likes this.

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