US Reportedly Gave Allies Evidence of Huawei Backdoors

· Andrew Orr · Link

Although the U.S. hasn’t shared it publicly, it claims to have found actual evidence of Huawei backdoors.

The United States has long claimed that Huawei can secretly access networks through the networking gear it sells to telcos, but the goverment previously argued that it doesn’t need to show any proof. US officials still are not providing such evidence publicly but have begun sharing their intelligence with other countries.

The best part is that, according to The Wall Street Journal, the origin of this report, these backdoors were intentionally put into place for law enforcement. And yet, the DoJ wants Apple to put backdoors in iOS that they swear can only be accessed by law enforcement, and definitely not foreign state hacking groups.

Britain Asks Allies For Huawei Alternatives

· Charlotte Henry · News

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Britain wants to work with allies to find alternative provider to Huawei for its 5G network, says Digital Minister, Baroness Nicky Morgan.

Huawei Equipment Backdoor Found in HiSilicon Chips

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Hardware researcher Vladislav Yarmak found a Huawei equipment backdoor used in video recorders and security cameras.

To be clear, this security vulnerability is said to be present in the software HiSilicon provides with its system-on-chips to customers. These components, backdoor and all, are then used by an untold number of manufacturers in network-connected recorders and cameras.

It’s not a major threat, or anything people need to fret about, it’s just another indicator of Huawei’s piss-poor approach to security.

AKA do not let Huawei build your 5G infrastructure.

Huawei Wants to build "Huawei OS" to Compete

· Andrew Orr · News

Huawei OS could be coming in the future as the Chinese company prepares for a worst-case scenario in light of U.S. blacklisting.

Huawei Boss: 'Apple is my Teacher'

· Charlotte Henry · News

Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei said he would oppose being Apple being blacklisted in his home country of China, saying the firm was his “teacher.”

Chinese Move to Boycott Apple Because of Huawei

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Apple and Huawei are caught in the trade war between China and the United States. There is a growing ‘Boycott Apple’ movement in China.

Trump Declares National Emergency Over Threats to American Tech

· Andrew Orr · Link

Today President Trump has issued a national emergency over threats against American technology. A ban is expected to follow that will stop U.S. companies from doing business with Chinese company Huawei.

In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrote that the administration will “protect America from foreign adversaries who are actively and increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in information and communications technology infrastructure and services in the United States.”

iPhone China Sales Down 30% in Q1 2019

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Apple’s iPhone China sales are down 30% in Q1 2019. Huawei continues to dominate, capturing 34% of China’s smartphone market.

Apple’s performance in China is concerning, given that the worst quarter for iPhone shipments is usually Q2 or Q3, not Q1 when new devices are still fresh. Apple has acted to cut iPhone retail prices, which has largely relieved the pressure from its channel partners.

I wonder how much of iPhone sales in China were impacted by Chinese companies encouraging employees to boycott Apple in favor of Huawei.

Vodafone Denies Huawei Italy ‘Backdoor’

· Andrew Orr · Link

A report from Bloomberg says software flaws found in Vodafone’s Huawei equipment back in 2011-2012 were backdoors. Vodafone, while admitting that the equipment did have security flaws, denies that Huawei could have used them as such.

The issues in Italy identified in the Bloomberg story were all resolved and date back to 2011 and 2012. The ‘backdoor’ that Bloomberg refers to is Telnet, which is a protocol that is commonly used by many vendors in the industry for performing diagnostic functions. It would not have been accessible from the internet. Bloomberg is incorrect in saying that this ‘could have given Huawei unauthorised access to the carrier’s fixed-line network in Italy’.

The BBC article is worth the read. Also keep in mind that this isn’t the first time Bloomberg has reported on alleged backdoors by a Chinese company. They provided no evidence the first time and so far have refused to issue a retraction.

Huawei Wants to Sell Apple its 5G Modems

· Andrew Orr · News

Huawei says that it’s open to selling its 5G modems, but only to rival Apple. Meanwhile Apple is considering Samsung and Mediatek.

UK Body Issues Stark Huawei Warning

· Charlotte Henry · News

The body that oversees the security risks posed by the use of Huawei equipment in the UK has issued its strongest warning yet.