In this Jan. 8, 2020, photo, national security adviser Robert O’Brien, listens as President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the White House in Washington. As the White House presses allies to ban Huawei equipment, O’Brien says the Chinese company has the ability to secretly retrieve sensitive information from that equipment. (Alex Brandon/AP)[I have no doubt that US accusations against Huawei are true. However, the same is true of the USA itself. Note that the US govt forces manufacturers to build back doors into all equipment. A friend of mine whom I trust a lot, told me that even the hard drive of your computer can spy on you. I once read an article, about 15+ years ago where the German Army said that all Windows computers have a back door built into them. Your mobile phone can spy on you, as can your PC, laptop and any other device. But this does not mean you must abandon technology because of the fear of spying. You just need to learn some things and move forward. The white race's technology is too important, for one to abandon it. It is a cunning game we have to learn to play. Its not easy, but I still think we are doing great and will do even better in the future. Do not let FEAR stop you from progressing. Remember, you can take your mobile and switch it off and put it away and walk around without it when you need to. With your PC you can pull out the cable if you want to get off fibre (unless you use wifi). So don't let fear get the better of you. Focus on using technology, and use it with cunning and intelligence. The benefits outweight the problems. Jan]
WASHINGTON — The Chinese company Huawei can secretly tap into communications through the networking equipment it sells globally, a U.S. official charged as the White House stepped up efforts to persuade allies to ban the gear from next-generation cellular networks.
The U.S. national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, made the statement at an Atlantic Council forum on Tuesday evening after The Wall Street Journal quoted him as saying Huawei can “access sensitive and personal information” in systems it sells and maintains globally. O’Brien did not provide any evidence to support the claim.
U.S. officials have long argued that Huawei is duty-bound by Chinese law to spy on behalf of the country’s ruling Communist Party. Huawei denies that claim and issued a statement Wednesday saying the company “has never and will never covertly access telecom networks, nor do we have the capability to do so.”
The Trump administration has been lobbying for more than a year to persuade allies to exclude Huawei equipment from their next-generation cellular networks, known as 5G.
Britain and the European Union have declined to impose an outright ban, however. London has prohibited Huawei from supplying equipment used in the core of its 5G network but not the periphery. The EU last month unveiled security guidelines that, similar to measures already in place in Britain, are aimed at reducing cybersecurity risks.
Independent cybersecurity experts say the intelligence services of global powers including the United States routinely exploit vulnerabilities in networking equipment — regardless of the manufacturer — for espionage purposes.
The United States and other countries require that so-called “lawful intercept” capabilities be built into networks, though the equipment manufacturers are not supposed to have secret access to them.
Many analysts consider Washington’s intense anti-Huawei lobbying efforts as much about seeking global technological dominance as deterring Chinese cyber-espionage, which is already rampant and equipment agnostic.
They also note that the NSA has previously infiltrated Huawei equipment — as well as network devices of other manufacturers — as detailed in documents disclosed in 2013 by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.