United Kingdom finds 'significant new issues' in Huawei technology

Huawei poses national security risks, says UK watchdog

The British oversight board, which has been running for eight years, is uniquely positioned to make assessments of Huawei products and processes; the Shenzhen-based company provides the board, known as the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) Oversight Board, with the source code for its equipment in order to mitigate perceived risks arising from its use.

Britain has identified "significant" issues in Huawei's engineering processes that pose "new risks" for the nation's telecommunications, a government report found on Thursday amid lingering global suspicion over the Chinese technology giant.

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The Britain-based Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre's annual report declares that no progress has been made to address issues found previous year in 2018.

The report comes at a times when the U.K.is preparing to roll out 5G mobile networks.

When UK's HCSEC Oversight Board has been auditing Huawei for five years and still doesn't believe Huawei is providing basic security assurances that its hardware and software is not backdoored, it's hard to see how smaller countries could hold Huawei to the same or higher standard and ensure that their networks aren't compromised by Chinese espionage operations.

However last year's annual HCSEC report (here) caused concern after it identified "shortcomings" in Huawei's engineering processes, which it said had "exposed new risks in the United Kingdom telecommunication networks" and warned of "long-term challenges in mitigation and management".

That marked the fastest pace of business growth in three years, compared to a 28 percent rise in sales revenue in 2017 and 0.4 percent in 2016.

While Huawei's critics say the company could be used by the Chinese government to spy on other countries, this is something the smartphone-maker strenuously denies.

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Huawei will continue to strictly comply with all relevant standards to build secure, trustworthy, and high-quality products throughout this process, Guo added, a nod to the ongoing battle for its reputation.

THE UK GOVERNMENT has sounded the alarm bells over the use of Huawei kit for 5G networks, warning of "significant, concerning issues" in the Chinese firm's approach to software development.

"This is a good time for Huawei to press the Chinese authorities to show that they want to cooperate with Poland, by giving up non-tariff barriers", Tadeusz Koscinski, Poland's deputy entrepreneurship and technology minister told Reuters in an interview.

The problems unearthed by HCSEC, however, suggest that the bigger threat is that Huawei gear could be hacked by just about anyone who cared to make an effort.

Concerns are easing though, with the European Union urging member states to share cybersecurity data with each other rather than banning a single vendor, while Germany is keen to promote supplier diversity and has strengthened security requirements for all suppliers - not just Huawei.

"The arrest of a Huawei employee will not affect Polish-Chinese economic relations, because the economy does not get offended", Koscinski said.

The most critical findings of the report were likely to have been softened, the official added, given Huawei's direct involvement in the board that issues it.

Huawei hit back at Washington earlier this month by suing the United States over a law barring U.S. government agencies from engaging with Huawei or with third parties that use the company's products, which has crippled Huawei in that lucrative market.

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