Greenland chooses Ericsson over Huawei for 5G rollout

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Greenland has picked Sweden’s Ericsson over China’s Huawei to supply equipment for its fifth-generation (5G) telecoms network, state telecoms operator Tele Greenland said on Thursday. The decision comes as United States is pushing allies to exclude Huawei from 5G deals, and after President Donald Trump in August offered to buy Greenland from Denmark as part of a broader strategic push into the Arctic. “5G is coming to Greenland, but no date has been set for this yet. We do not see Huawei as a possible supplier of (Tele Greenland’s) 5G network,” its Chief Executive Kristian Reinert Davidsen told broadcaster KNR. His comments were confirmed to Reuters by a Tele Greenland spokeswoman. Read more here.… Read More

CTT Highlights Retailers Selling Chinese Products With Documented Vulnerabilities

In recent weeks, China Tech Threat’s Roslyn Layton warned shoppers against buying certain gifts during the Holiday season. This week, she visited national retail chains and found Chinese-manufactured consumer products – that feature documented security flaws and vulnerabilities – being sold to customers without any warnings (see video below). The dangers of using these products that lack necessary security protections are further compounded by Chinese law. “A lot of these products are actually dangerous in terms of being built with vulnerabilities and what’s called backdoors that can get your personal information and be used to compromise your safety, whether it is hacking into your financial records, whether it’s tracking your movements, whether it’s being used to access larger databases at… Read More

Three Links to Bookmark

Educating the public and policymakers about the threats to personal privacy, data security and national security from Chinese technology and telecommunications firms is the main mission of China Tech Threat.   Luckily, we are not alone in pursuing this endeavor.  Several other sites provide essential information on the threats from Huawei and other Chinese state-owned and supported enterprises. Huawei Risk Tracker provides real time alerts on “risk events” involving Huawei and other legal and policy developments directed at the company.  There are also detailed reports that analyze the risk exposure and strategic penetration of countries and industries across the west.  The infographic below is especially helpful in illustrating Huawei’s “global track record of predatory behavior, accusations and risk.”The Business &… Read More

US State Dept. Briefing: CTT’s Roslyn Layton and Deputy Assistant Secretary Robert Strayer

Summary: This week, China Tech Threat Co-Founder Roslyn Layton was invited to participate in the U.S. Department of State Special Briefing on 5G security and the future of 5G in the European Union. Joining Dr. Layton was Deputy Assistant Secretary Robert Strayer, Cyber and International Affairs and Information Policy Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. DAS Strayer and Dr. Layton spoke to, and answered questions from, international media listening in on the special briefing. DAS Strayer in his remarks complimented NATO for highlighting of the importance of 5G in the London declaration, and also for its commitment to secure state 5G networks. He also discounted the notion that certifications for hardware protect networks from persisting threats, calling it “hubris” and… Read More

More than Huawei, more than 5G: Taking national security seriously

While public discussions of U.S.-China relations focus overwhelmingly on tariffs, threats tied to cyberespionage also are getting increased attention from commentators and government officials. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), for example, is tackling problems associated with Chinese firm Huawei, particularly its equipment’s use in next generation (5G) communications networks. Security concerns, however, go well beyond Huawei and beyond 5G.… Read More

CTT Applauds Sen. Ernst for Her Commitment to U.S. Cyber Security

Today the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support held a hearing on the Department of Defense audit, an overview of operations at the defense agency that has only taken place twice in its long history. Mentioned in the hearing was the Department of Defense Investigator General report, an investigation centered upon the purchase of commercial off-the-shelf equipment (COTS) by Department of Defense employees. Specifically, the purchase of commercial off-the-shelf equipment manufacturers currently banned or investigated by other military and government agencies. This equipment includes Lenovo computers, Lexmark printers and GoPro cameras – all manufactured in the People’s Republic of China. Leading the way in questioning DoD Deputy Secretary David Norquist was Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), with… Read More