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Cirlig is speaking with Forbes after discovering that his Redmi Note 8 smartphone was watching much of what he was doing on the phone. That data was then being sent to remote servers hosted by another Chinese tech giant, Alibaba, which were ostensibly rented by Xiaomi.
The seasoned cybersecurity researcher found a worrying amount of his behavior was being tracked, whilst various kinds of device data were also being harvested, leaving Cirlig spooked that his identity and his private life was being exposed to the Chinese company.
When he looked around the Web on the device’s default Xiaomi browser, it recorded all the websites he visited, including search engine queries whether with Google or the privacy-focused DuckDuckGo, and every item viewed on a news feed feature of the Xiaomi software. That tracking appeared to be happening even if he used the supposedly private “incognito” mode.
The US and other countries restrict Huawei in 5G (even providing funding to “rip and replace” the equipment), but this does not stop the company from deploying in Wi-Fi networks. Once a device is deployed in Wi-Fi, it can’t be forcibly recalled for security reasons. Huawei touts its role in Wi-Fi 6, considered the future-proofing strategy for the Wi-Fi industry.
The Austin-based Wi-Fi Alliance recently honored top tier member Huawei for its leadership in the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ program, allowing its products to be embossed with the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ seal. The advocacy group recently congratulated Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai for the April 23 vote to designate 1200 MHz of the 6 GHz band for unlicensed use, quintupling the spectrum for technologies such as Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi Alliance did not respond to a request for comment.
US authorities are overlooking how Chinese firms are influencing IT security through standard-setting and advocacy organisations that cover technologies less restricted by national security rules, CTT Co-Founder Roslyn Layton argues.
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Posted by The Epoch Times on Saturday, March 2, 2019
“I’m not necessarily interested in mandates on cities and counties per se, and I’m not sure that’s the initial approach we want to take, but I do think the creation of awareness is also important because once presented with the facts, and the reality [is] we have found that most institutions, from academia to governments, are willing to step up and take the action,” Rubio said.