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Global security officials agreed a set of proposals on Friday for future 5G networks, highlighting concerns about equipment supplied by vendors that might be subject to state influence.
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Products created for China’s vast surveilled and censored domestic market are increasingly popular overseas.
In 2009, after internet-fueled race riots between Uighur Muslims and Han Chinese in China’s northwest territory of Xinjiang, the ruling Communist Party took drastic action: the digital kill switch. Beijing disabled Xinjiang’s internet, sending military police to restore order. The blackout lasted nearly a year. Now, a decade later, Xinjiang is writhing under a new clampdown aimed at the Uighurs. This time, Beijing has embraced the opposite philosophy: a digital panopticon, enlisting private tech firms to expand China’s internet of things and enmesh its own people.
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Earlier this year, the Central Intelligence Agency informed its counterparts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK that Chinese technology company Huawei has received funding from the Central National Security Commission of the Communist Party of China, the People’s Liberation Army, and a “third branch of the Chinese state intelligence network,” according to The Times.
Vodafone said it asked Huawei to deal with the back-doors as soon as it spotted them and was told that they had been, but it took further prompting to get the lot of them. Furthermore some anonymous sources told Bloomberg that the vulnerabilities still remained beyond 2012 and were also present in Vodafone networks in other countries, including the UK. Vodafone allegedly knew about this but stuck with Huawei regardless because they were relatively cheap.
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“Many vulnerable products from China are sold on the US market without a security review. The US China Commission report Supply Chain Vulnerabilities from China in U.S. Federal Information and Communications Technology identified supply chain risks in the companies Lenovo, Inspur, Legend Capital/Holdings, Lexmark, Lishen Power Battery Systems, Tianma Microelectronics, TPV Technology Ltd, Tsingua Holdings, and Shenzen Laibo HiTech Co. Ltd. These firms are reportedly involved with China’s military, nuclear, and/or cyberespionage programs.”
“The US has been lobbying its allies for months that using the Chinese telecoms company would jeopardise the security of the next generation of mobile internet communications, giving Beijing the ability to interfere with, or spy on, mobile networks.”
“With China’s surveillance know-how and equipment now flowing to the world, critics warn that it could help underpin a future of tech-driven authoritarianism, potentially leading to a loss of privacy on an industrial scale. Often described as public security systems, the technologies have darker potential uses as tools of political repression.”
[The Trump] administration’s recent rule barring the use of federal funds to buy products made by the Chinese telecom firm Huawei is sound national security policy.
That equipment, that technology they couldn’t steal they purchased outright and in the future their goal is to be completely independent of American technology while they get all of us addicted to their cheap products.