UK think tank warns Huawei 5G participation would be ‘naive'

UK security think tank the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) has warned allowing Huawei to participate in 5G would be 'naive' and ‘irresponsible’.

The RUSI is the world's oldest independent think tank on international defence and security. In its report, the institute highlights Beijing’s history of using cyberattacks on the West to advance Chinese interests.

Huawei has long been accused of being controlled by the Chinese state and Western officials have warned it would be...

Optus concedes Huawei ban means 5G launching without best tech

Optus has conceded Australia’s ban on Huawei technology has led to building its 5G network without the best available equipment.

"From a pure technology perspective, Huawei is probably ahead of the other three," said Optus CEO Allen Lew to The Sydney Morning Herald. "But what we've got from the other suppliers will enable us to provide a globally competitive...

Cybersecurity firm exposes Iranian group attacking telcos

Cybersecurity firm FireEye claims to have identified an Iranian hacking group which is attacking telcos around the world.

FireEye exposed the group called ‘APT39’ last month. APT39’s main goal appears to be stealing personal information.

According to FireEye, this goal makes APT39 somewhat unique. Other Iranian hacking groups tracked by the cybersecurity firm are linked to influence operations, disruptive attacks, and other threats.

In a

By Ryan Daws, 30 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Security, Surveillance.

Vodafone stops buying Huawei 5G core equipment in Europe

Vodafone has announced it will stop purchasing 5G core equipment from Huawei across its European operations amid potential bans.

Governments around the world are considering bans of Huawei equipment citing national security fears. Much of these appear to be unsubstantiated and based on possibility rather than evidence.

Huawei has a history of providing innovative network equipment for previous generation networks around the world. Some experts believe Chinese telecoms equipment is around a year ahead of...

Huawei Canada exec says 5G espionage would make no sense

An executive for Huawei Canada says allegations it would conduct espionage makes no sense as the distrust caused would be terminal for its business.

Some believe Huawei is compelled by law to conduct espionage if asked by the Chinese government. The company has always denied such a law exists.

China is said to be ahead of Russia as the 'biggest state sponsor of cyber-attacks on the West'. Naturally,...

By Ryan Daws, 21 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Regulation, Security, Surveillance.

Germany raises Huawei’s hopes in Europe saying no evidence it spies

Huawei’s fortunes in Europe have improved after Germany’s cyber watchdog says there’s no evidence the company spies on customers.

“For such serious decisions like a ban, you need proof,” head of Germany's Federal Office for Information Security Arne Schoenbohm told Spiegel.

Security concerns surrounding Huawei have been renewed ahead of 5G network rollouts. The US, in particular, has been

UK gov approves £2.4m of surveillance gear to Saudi Arabia

The UK government has approved the sale of telecoms surveillance equipment to Saudi Arabia despite its alleged state murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Not content with continuing to sell arms to a state with a – we’ll say, “problematic” – human rights record, British ministers granted five licenses to sell ‘telecommunications interception equipment’ to the kingdom.

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By Ryan Daws, 13 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Surveillance.

Huawei will change its practices to appease UK security officials

A meeting between Huawei executives and UK security officials has led to an agreement the Chinese vendor will change its practices.

Huawei will pen a formal letter to the National Cyber Security Centre which covers the agreement in detail. The letter will include what measures will be taken in order to alleviate concerns.

The meeting was set up to avoid a ban of the vendor’s telecoms equipment in the UK similar to the US and Australia. Countries including

By Ryan Daws, 07 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Security, Surveillance.

ZTE may have violated US sanctions building Venezuelan surveillance

Chinese telecoms vendor ZTE may be put back on the US’ naughty list after seemingly violating sanctions against Venezuela.

ZTE was forced to suspend its operations earlier this year following a ban on purchasing US-made products vital to its business for trading with Iran and North Korea against US sanctions, which it estimates cost around $1bn.

The firm was granted a reprieve from the US ban in return for agreeing to reshuffle...

By Ryan Daws, 03 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Government, Industry, N America, Surveillance.

New Zealand has blocked a telco from using Huawei’s gear

Mere days after the US petitioned its allies to ban the use of Huawei’s equipment over security concerns, New Zealand has blocked a telco from doing so.

The operator, Spark, posted a statement today claiming the Director-General of the Government Communications Security Bureau rejected its request to use Huawei’s 5G equipment.

In the statement, Spark wrote:

By Ryan Daws, 28 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Security, Surveillance.

US petitions allies to drop Chinese 5G vendors ahead of tense G20 summit

The feud between the US and China continues to gather pace ahead of a tense G20 summit as the nation petitions its allies to ditch Chinese 5G equipment.

Officials have long held concerns that equipment from Chinese manufacturers could be used for spying. While the US is most vocal, other countries have voiced similar views and either banned equipment – such as Australia – or taken measures to mitigate the risks, such as the UK and Canada.

All four of the aforementioned countries are part of the...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Security, Surveillance.

Iran blames Israel for attacks on its cyber infrastructure

Iran claims it has foiled several cyber attacks staged by Israel which included a new version of the infamous Stuxnet malware.

Stuxnet is thought to have been developed in a joint effort between Israeli and US intelligence agencies.

“Recently, we discovered a new generation of Stuxnet which consisted of several parts … and was trying to enter our systems,” the ISNA news agency reported Gholamreza Jalali, head of Iran’s civil defense agency, as saying last week.

A New York Times

By Ryan Daws, 06 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Government, N America, Security, Surveillance.

Chinese officials lobby Australia to reverse Huawei 5G ban

Chinese government officials are lobbying their Australian counterparts to reverse the ban of Huawei’s equipment in national 5G networks.

A ban of the equipment was implemented by ex-Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull, who was ousted earlier this year. Chinese officials have praised his replacement, Scott Morrison, for a more “positive attitude” towards China.

Beijing is hoping to capitalise on this more positive attitude in order to get the ban on Chinese telecoms equipment reversed.

During...

By Ryan Daws, 02 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Regulation, Security, Surveillance.

Report confirms Britain hacked Belgium’s largest telco

A potential diplomatic crisis is brewing as Belgian federal prosecutors blame Britain for hacking the nation’s largest telecoms operator.

Belgacom was first hacked back in the summer of 2012. The company’s security researchers noticed anomalies but it wasn’t until the following year they had an idea of the problem.

A malware which disguised itself as Microsoft software had infected Belgacom’s system and was stealing data. NSA documents released by Edward Snowden indicated...

By Ryan Daws, 25 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Security, Surveillance.

UK discloses ‘reckless’ campaign of Russian cyber attacks

The UK government has disclosed a ‘reckless’ campaign of Russian cyber attacks targeting political institutions, businesses, media, and sport.

In findings by the National Cyber Security Centre, a number of international attacks have been linked to Russian intelligence agency GRU.

The attacks, it claims, have affected citizens in a large number of countries – including Russia – and cost national economies millions of pounds.

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:

By Ryan Daws, 04 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry, N America, Security, Surveillance.

Head of UK spy agency believes 5G increases cyber terror threat

The head of UK spy agency GCHQ has warned 5G will increase threats of digital terrorism due to its expected use in critical infrastructure.

Jeremy Fleming, Head of UK spy agency GCHQ, wrote in the Sunday Times to raise his concerns about the next generation of mobile networks.

5G is expected to expand beyond its current primary use for mobile broadband to connect...

By Ryan Daws, 14 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Networks, Security, Surveillance.

Huawei oversight board warns of ‘new risks’ to UK infrastructure

An oversight board set up in the UK to monitor the use of Huawei’s equipment in critical telecoms infrastructure has identified ‘new risks’ to security.

While countries like the US and Australia have taken hardline stances against the use of Chinese telecoms equipment from the likes of Huawei in critical infrastructure, the UK has been more accommodating.

Chinese telecoms equipment...

Trump’s administration calls on the FCC to block China Mobile

Trump’s administration continues to be wary of Chinese telecoms firms as it asks the FCC not to grant a license to China Mobile.

Citing national security concerns, the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recommended the FCC deny China Mobile Ltd’s application to offer telecommunications services from within the United States.

State-owned China Mobile is the world’s largest phone carrier by subscribers, with over 902 million users as of June 2018. The...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Operators, Regulation, Security, Surveillance.

Symantec has discovered Chinese hacking of telecoms and satellites

Cybersecurity firm Symantec has exposed Chinese hacking of satellite communications and telecoms in the United States and Southeast Asia.

The company’s AI-based Targeted Attack Analytics (TAA) system helped researchers expose a hacking campaign from a group called Thrip.

On the surface, Symantec said the activity looked innocuous. TAA alerted Symantec’s investigation team and set them on the path to discovering the attack from a group the company has been...

By Ryan Daws, 20 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Satellite, Security, Surveillance.

Senate votes to reinstate ZTE ban which cost the company $3bn

Following a temporary reprieve from President Trump’s ZTE ban which the company estimates cost it $3 billion, the Senate has now voted to reinstate it.

The U.S. Senate vote to reinstate the ban may not make it into law – it first has to clear the House, and then avoid being vetoed by President Trump.

ZTE is one of China’s biggest telecoms companies and became one of the first victims of Trump’s crackdown on...

By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks, Surveillance.