Tag: Huawei

UK Cyber Authority Issues Warning Against ZTE

UK Cyber Authority Issues Warning Against ZTE

The UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) had reportedly sent a letter to telcos urging them not to use equipment from ZTE, saying that the Chinese telecoms giant carried too much risk. The NCSC apparently said that new equipment and services from another Chinese supplier would render the country’s existing mitigations ineffective. ZTE competitor Huawei is already major supplier of networking equipment for fixed and wireless networks in the UK and is also engaged in 5G trials and Internet of Things (IoT) research.   The warning comes as another blow to ZTE after the US had imposed an export ban […]

Best Buy to Stop Selling Huawei Devices

Best Buy to Stop Selling Huawei Devices

It was reported earlier this week that consumer electronics chain Best Buy has decided to stop selling Huawei smartphones which may be due to the escalating trade war between the US and China. Best Buy is reportedly the Chinese phone maker’s biggest distribution partner in the US. Prior to being dumped by Best Buy, Huawei had already been shut out by US carriers after being flagged as a security concern by the US government. It was noted though, that Huawei had never been able to gain a significant foothold in the US market, and the company is likely focusing on […]

Huawei Chief: US is Afraid Because We Are Too Strong

Huawei Chief: US is Afraid Because We Are Too Strong

In a recent interview, Huawei’s chief executive Richard Yu said that the US is attempting to keep the Chinese company out because of its competitiveness. The US government recently issued a strong warning against the Chinese phone maker, calling it a security concern. However, Yu confidently said that Huawei had been posting significant annual growth and that they have a big chance at being the top global mobile manufacturer. Yu added that even with their leading innovations and technologies, politicians in the US are trying to shut them out for being too strong. In the interview, Yu also mentioned that […]

Huawei Expected to Lead Global 5G Move Despite US Security Concerns

Huawei Expected to Lead Global 5G Move Despite US Security Concerns

Communications giant Huawei is set to lead the global race for next-generation 5G networks as it forges relationships with big telecom operators across Europe and Asia. Already occupying a dominant position in China, the company was observed to have been making in-roads in various US allied countries. Sources have revealed that Huawei has alread signed 25 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with telecom operators including Britain’s BT, Bell Canada (BCE), France’s Orange Germany’s Deutsche Telekom and global player Vodafone to to trial 5G equipment. Even though Huawei is still behind Ericsson and Nokia, the Chinese company’s existing partnerships may give it […]

ZTE Says it is a Trusted Partner After US Security Concerns on Huawei

ZTE Says it is a Trusted Partner After US Security Concerns on Huawei

China’s ZTE corporation said last Thursday that it is a “trusted partner” of its customers in the US. The statement was made in light of recent security concerns issued by lawmakers and intelligence experts on Chinese espionage via its telecommunications companies. Huawei and ZTE got singled out by senators including Senate Intelligence Committee chair Sen. Richard Burr who suspected ties between the companies and the Chinese government. Both companies had already been investigated in 2012 for providing equipment that could be used for foreign espionage on critical US infrastructure. However, a ZTE spokesperson responded and said that the publicly traded […]

Huawei: Don’t Use National Security to Disguise Protectionism

Huawei: Don’t Use National Security to Disguise Protectionism

Addressing the Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth last Friday, Huawei’s VP of Global Government Affairs Simon Lacey said that national security concerns should not be used as a “blank cheque” to justify protectionism. With remarks pointed at the national security exception invoked by US President Donald Trump’s Muslim-majority country travel ban, Lacey further argued that such exceptions should not be regulated under free trade agreements, but rather through the World Trade Organization (WTO). Lacey also addressed the Trump administration’s suspicions against their products and said that while they were a Chinese company, their hardware is made around […]

AT&T Pushed to Cut Ties with Huawei by US Lawmakers

AT&T Pushed to Cut Ties with Huawei by US Lawmakers

Two congressional aides recently revealed that US lawmakers are pressuring AT&T to sever commercial ties with Chinese phone maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. The second largest wireless carrier in the US was warned of national security concerns and is apparently being ordered to block Huawei’s plans to enter the US telecom market. Prior to this, Congress already lobbied against a plan where AT&T offers Huawei devices to its customers. Observers have noted that the recent moves are in keeping with the harder line on policies taken by the Trump administration on issues ranging from Beijing’s role in restraining North Korea, […]

Bootloader Security Flaws Found in Codes from Major Chipset Vendors

Bootloader Security Flaws Found in Codes from Major Chipset Vendors

University of California-based researchers have found security flaws via BootStop, a tool they have created that automatically identifies vulnerabilities from bootloaders that launches the OS kernel when the device is powered on. The tool singled out six zero-day flaws from MediaTek, Qualcomm, Huawei, and Nvidia. Vendors have acknowledged 5 of the six security flaws. The researchers said that Huawei’s bootloader design makes the vulnerabilities more severe because it allows attackers to break the chain of trust, making detection more difficult.   They added that bootloaders are particularly reverse engineer, since it is closed source and hardware-specific. Source: Bleeping Computer