U.K.'s defence minister warns of Huawei's threat to cybersecurity
- 2 months ago
Huawei has had what most would see as a year to forget, with the Chinese telecom giant being blocked out of Japan, while New Zealand banned its use of 5G technology and not to mention the arrest of its CFO in Canada following the U.S. charging Ms. Whanzou with breaking international sanction laws.
However, there is a growing concern that Huawei poses more of a threat to the cybersecurity of several countries as stated by the U.K.’s defence minister, Gavin Williamson.
"I have grave, very deep concerns about Huawei providing the 5G network in Britain. It's something we'd have to look at very closely."
"We've got to look at what partners such as Australia and the U.S. are doing in order to ensure that they have the maximum security of that 5G network and we've got to recognize the fact, as has been recently exposed, that the Chinese state does sometimes act in a malign way."
And it may not seem far-fetched at all, recently the U.S. Justice Department charged two Chinese nationals over allegations of hacking several tech companies’ database along with several devices belonging to the U.S. Navy.
Prompting President Donald Trump to consider banning U.S. companies to purchase equipment made by Huawei and ZTE, who is too a Chinese telecom firm that has denied allegations that its equipment has been used for espionage activities.
While it spells trouble for Huawei, this might be an opportunity for the likes of Nokia and Sony Ericsson.
Nokia commented back in April that its brand represented "trust and security".
Source: Smart Trend Team