US reportedly asks allies not to use Huawei equipment

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According to the Wall Street Journal, US officials have reached out to their counterparts in countries where Huawei’s telecom equipment is in widespread use to warn them about what the US has long seen as a cybersecurity risk. These include Germany, Italy, and Japan, which are home to American military bases.

The US government has been issuing warnings about the perceived security threats posed by Huawei since 2012. Back in February, bosses from six US intelligence agencies said using a telecoms device from the company could put you at risk of having personal data accessed or stolen—a result of its alleged close ties with the Chinese government.

In August, President Trump signed the Defense Authorization Act, which bans US government agencies and contractors from using certain tech from Huawei and other Chinese companies.

Citing anonymous people familiar with the matter, the WSJ said the US might offer countries an incentive to shun Huawei by boosting their financial aid for telecoms development.

Huawei, which was founded by former People's Liberation Army engineer Ren Zhengfei, recently moved past Apple to become the world’s second-largest smartphone seller—it’s already the world’s largest producer of telecoms equipment. Despite these distinctions, US officials have constantly warned Americans not to use its products, Australia has banned the company from supplying parts for a 5G mobile network, and it has faced criticism in the UK over potential threats to national security.

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toooooot

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The worst thing about these risks is not they are might be already stealing or can compromise the devices at some point.
The worst thing is that someone can chose when to activate these exploits and chose what devices to activate.
I have thought about this problem for a while. You cant openly spy on all these devices because that will just kill the company.

But if you are able to receive the device's location, you can make a map and you can pick the area of interest, area of the interest for China's government.
Then in time of crisis you would start "watching" the devices you are interested in.
Can someone spot that? Possibly.
But something tells me most of the cases could go without being detected for a long time.

To summarize, I think if a company is caught once spying on its devices, they will definitely do it again, only will do it quieter.
 
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Badvok

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I recklessly bought a Huawei phone a while back and have come to regret it. No Android security updates whatsoever, I wonder why?