Huawei will help build Britain’s 5G network, despite security concerns

UK Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to allow Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to help build "non-core" parts of the country's 5G infrastructure, including antennas and other network components, according to The Telegraph . The decision was made today by the National Security Council, of which May is the president, and has received considerable criticism from other UK politicians who fear that Huawei's alleged ties to the Chinese government could open up to citizens, companies and agencies British government to cyber attacks and others. Forms of espionage.

The head of GHCQ, Jeremy Fleming, who has warned against cyber threats from China and Russia in the past, is said to have delivered a speech in Glasgow, Scotland, today to members of the intelligence agencies of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. warning against such threats from foreign adversaries, according to The Telegraph . Other members of GHCQ have expressed concern about the use of Chinese telecommunications providers. But the official position of the organization seems to be that the threats can be managed and minimized, in part due to Huawei's participation focused on the "non-core" network infrastructure.

The decision is a notable departure from other members of the same alliance that Fleming is said to have addressed today. The Trump administration has tried to pressure allies to stop using Huawei's equipment after banning national government agencies and contractors from using the products of Chinese companies in official work capacities. Australia and New Zealand have banned Huawei's products from working on domestic telecom infrastructure projects in the respective countries, while New Zealand has prevented a national company from using Huawei's equipment as part of its 5G deployment nationwide .

The White House was reflecting on an executive order that would do the same in December of last year. When Trump announced a new 5G spectrum auction earlier this month, it was silent on the administration's position on the imposition of a commercial ban on Chinese telecommunications equipment, but is reportedly still on the table.

As with most Chinese companies, Huawei denies any involvement in the government of his country and claims that the reach of the People's Republic of China does not extend beyond the borders of China. However, there is ample evidence that China, along with Russia and Iran, has spent years attacking foreign corporate and military infrastructure to steal trade secrets and spy on national and business-related efforts of competing countries. As a result, the Chinese government's spectrum has remained in almost all dealings with the country's biggest players, including the entertainment and social media giant Tencent, the Baidu search engine, the consumer electronics giant Xiaomi and suppliers of mass telecommunications components such as Huawei and ZTE.

Nonetheless, Huawei is fighting against the US government ban. UU Of its products in the courts when trying to demonstrate that the prohibition is unconstitutional. When contacted by The Verge last month several security experts and policymakers from the USA. UU They intervened on whether Huawei represented a risk to national security if it participated in the expansion of the country's 5G infrastructure.

"Huawei is a Chinese telecommunications company run by the state with a singular goal: to undermine foreign competition by stealing trade secrets and intellectual property, and through artificially low prices backed by the Chinese government," said Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) said The Verge . "The Chinese communist government represents the biggest long-term threat to the national and economic security of the United States, and the United States should be vigilant to prevent Chinese state-run telecommunications companies, such as Huawei and ZTE, from undermining and putting danger the 5G networks of the United States ". 19659009] Similarly, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) said: "There is sufficient evidence to suggest that no major Chinese company is independent of the government and the Communist Party of China, and of Huawei, that the government and the army of China touts as a national champion, it's no exception. " Warner believes that allowing Huawei to contribute to the US 5G infrastructure. The US "could seriously jeopardize our national security and put critical supply chains at risk."

Security, legal and policy experts surveyed by The Verge was less critical of Huawei and its possible involvement in the Chinese government and expressed concern about the lack of evidence. But some, such as Syracuse University professor William Synder and OpenVPN executive director Francis Dinha, said it is reasonable to consider Huawei a threat considering the future implications of 5G networks that are built with inherent vulnerabilities. "Even if Huawei is not committing the kind of crimes for which he was charged by a US grand jury, any company that provides such a large percentage of the market for telecommunication network components and has such links with the People's Liberation Army it's a threat". Synder writes.

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