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The Ministry of Justice announced criminal charges against the Chinese tech-giant Huawei; Fox Business Network Susan Li reports.
For months, American officials have warned the Chinese telecommunications giant is obliged to their government, and has the capacity – through the development of 5G network – to spy on people in countries where the technology exists.
But the issue has led to more than a spy story – and-now challenges to Washington’s relations with the European partners. On Thursday, Secretary of state Mike Pompeo warned that the US would not be able to work with, or share crucial information from the intelligence services, that the countries that go in the turn of Huawei Technologies.
“Whether it be through the classic economic espionage, intellectual property theft, or espionage on behalf of a government, the global presence and technology to achieve Huawei easily is a danger to the security of AMERICAN interests,” Erik Rasmussen, Head of Cybersecurity and Risk Management Solutions to the public accounting firm Grobstein Teeple, told Fox News. “Considering the size of the company, it is a difficult company to quickly and quickly track spy with or without Huawei’s knowledge, but a direct influence on the conduct of business by the Chinese government is not to be denied.”
U.s. authorities have indicated a growing concern of the telecom group as a result of 2017 legislation in China allows the government to monitor people under the guise of national security – take “undetected spying” on the users.
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The 2017 legislation mandates all China-owned companies have to comply to the government is the intelligence of the wing must be claimed, which means that if Huawei were asked to do this, and denies, therefore, they can break their own national security legislation.
The problem has not only caused a schism in the US relations with Canada – which have conveyed frustration in the have absorbed in retaliation of the Chinese government for the arrest of the CFO Meng Wanzhou on a request for extradition by the U. S – but threatens alliances with Europe also.
In this courtroom sketch, Meng Wanzhou, right, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, is located next to a translator during a bail hearing in British Columbia Supreme court in Vancouver, on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. Mix faces extradition to the united states on charges of trying to evade the U.S. sanctions against Iran. They appeared in a Vancouver court on Friday to seek bail. (Jane Wolsak/The Canadian Press via AP)
Germany this week made the preliminary determination to proceed in the process to allow Huawei to participate in the development of their high-speed internet infrastructure, following their own research shows that there is no sufficient evidence for the equipment can be used to spy. Great britain is currently investigating the tech giant’s products, and is expected to make a decision in the coming weeks.
In the past year, the Trump team is to ramp up the pressure on the European allies to drastically reduce or completely reject Huawei’s involvement in both the development of the 5G-infrastructure and the presence on existing networks. While Huawei has usually been excluded in the United States, its position in Europe is strong.
“In addition to Apple and Samsung, Huawei is the world’s largest mobile technology company in terms of market share, so if the company is compromised from within, the risk is not to be denied,” Rasmussen said. “In view of the historical alliances between the united states and many European countries where the Huawei technology is common, there is an interest to detect this and the sharing of information is sensible. The united kingdom and Germany will, of course, weigh the costs and benefits to allow risky technology in their country.”
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However, the Huawei president and former Chinese army engineer Ren Zhengfei, whose daughter Wanzhou is obliged to pay the Canadian government for almost three pending his possible extradition – continues to deny that the company helps the Chinese government in the collection of information by the devices. “Even if we were required by the Chinese law, we would firmly reject that,” Zhengfei said in a CBS interview.
The Chinese government has also consistently and firmly refuted US accusations that they have either the will or the ability to funnel personal data and information.
Experts and analysts remain far from convinced.
“If these pieces of electronic equipment that is used in the telecom infrastructure has been damaged, for example by having hidden backdoors that make it possible for access with specific access codes – this would enable Chinese intelligence to have access to the western telecom networks, the ‘sniff’ and listening to all the information such as data and voice to go through that equipment,” said J. Eduardo Campos, Chief Information Security Specialist and founder of Embedded-Knowledge Inc. “Huawei denies it vehemently, but given the recent history of State-sponsored hacking by the Chinese government, it makes everyone suspicious. In addition, the Chinese tech-companies can, in theory, be forced by the Chinese government to their technology for spying purposes. And we would never know.”
According to Campos, the 5G-technology – the next iteration of the mobile network technology could help cities become smarter, improve traffic management, services to citizens, and the access to public information of mobile devices. Therefore, it will enable of the many types of cutting-edge applications, such as self-driving cars and remote controlled devices.
“They will be able to send and receive large amounts of data more quickly than is currently possible. A way to a potential threat is that an increased dependence on mobile technologies means that the disruption would have serious consequences, both in terms of safety and the economy of the country,” he noted. “Imagine that a failure, because an external hacking by a foreign power could lead to the death of patients, the crash of self-driving cars, or even the stopping of aircraft on the ground as a result of massive failure of the system. This is real national security risks. The AMERICAN government has all the rights to crack down on this and at least the question of additional measures to protect the infrastructure against companies that operate too close to foreign powers is not in line with the US, such as Huawei technologies.”
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Meanwhile, the White House has been the insistence of the Western technology companies to work with their Chinese counterparts in the control of the 5G modal.
“The Trumpet of Administration is in the difficult position of balancing free market principles with national and cybersecurity. The President and his advisors are charged with the supervision on the regulations of 5G performance, and they understand that this new technology has revolutionary possibilities in the field of innovation and economic growth,” adds Theresa Payton, Former White House Chief Information Officer under George W. Bush and the current CEO of security consulting firm Fortalice Solutions. “But the key is to find a balance between a successful 5G rollouts that spawns economic growth and a secure roll-out that does not give bad actors and nation-states are unwarranted access to private or sensitive information.”