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#nationalcybersecuritymonth | Trumps sends top adviser to warn against Huawei

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

U.S. President Donald Trump is dispatching his point man on Huawei Technologies to Ottawa Monday to press the Trudeau government on barring the Chinese telecom giant from next-generation 5G wireless networks in Canada.

Robert Blair, White House special representative for international telecommunications, will be laying out U.S. national-security objections over Huawei’s 5G wireless gear in a meeting with Public Safety Minister Bill Blair and senior officials from the departments of Innovation, Foreign Affairs and Defence, Canadian and U.S. sources say. The Globe and Mail is keeping their names confidential because they are not authorized to publicly comment on the matter.

The U.S. source said that the special representative, who is deputy White House chief of staff as well, will also warn Canada that it could lose access to sensitive intelligence if Huawei is allowed to sell its 5G gear to Canadian wireless carriers.

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This is the first high-level U.S. visit to Ottawa that is solely in support of the U.S. campaign to press allies to bar Huawei from Western telecommunications infrastructure

Washington had also planned to send deputy national-security adviser Matthew Pottinger and economic adviser Larry Kudlow, but they had to cancel to deal with the coronavirus crisis, according to the sources.

The Trump administration, U.S. national intelligence agencies and Congress have led a global campaign against Huawei, arguing that it poses a risk to Western national security. Other countries building 5G networks without Huawei for this reason include Australia, South Korea, India, Japan and Taiwan.

Canada is the only member of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance – the others are the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Britain – which has yet to decide whether to bar Huawei from 5G.

Australia, which is more heavily dependent on Chinese trade, has joined the U.S. ban of Huawei, and New Zealand has rejected one wireless carrier’s proposal to use Huawei gear in a 5G network.

Britain angered Washington last month when it took a different course than other Five Eyes members. It rejected U.S. calls for a ban and instead limited Huawei to 35 per cent of the British telecommunications market, banned it from sensitive areas and promised regular testing of Huawei gear for any possible backdoors.

Canada has been conducting a cybersecurity review since last year but has given no indication when a decision will be forthcoming despite pleas from Canada’s telecom carriers for Ottawa to make an announcement. Even with the review under way, Telus announced last month that it would proceed to build its 5G network with Huawei gear.

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The Globe has reported that the Canadian military and Canadian Security Intelligence Service want Huawei barred while the Communications Security Establishment, which handles cybersecurity, believes Huawei gear can be tested and monitored for possible backdoors.

The department of Innovation, Science and Industry is also involved in evaluating whether to allow Huawei into the country’s 5G networks.

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said last week – in an apparent reference to the U.S. campaign against Huawei – that Canada “won’t get bullied by any other jurisdiction” in its decision.

When the CBC’s Power & Politics asked Mr. Bains whether he was referring to the Trump administration, he said: “Maybe that was the wrong choice of words. …We won’t be influenced by other jurisdictions. We will make our own independent decision.”

Asked again if he felt that the United States was “bullying Canada”, Mr. Bains said “countries have raised their concerns.”

Separately, Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne has hired an adviser on Asia-Pacific matters who, in a paper published online last December, advised against Canada allowing itself to be drawn too deeply into a U.S.-China conflict.

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“Given deepening U.S.-China antagonism, there is a danger that Canada is siphoned into a higher-level sharp conflict of hearts and minds against China, which would not serve Canadian interests,” University of Ottawa professor Pascale Massot wrote in a paper titled Global order, U.S.-China relations and Chinese behaviour: The ground is shifting, Canada must adjust.

“The current dominant narrative depicting China as a threat to the global order creates a hunkering down mentality and is not conducive to seeing the global order’s limitations and need for reform or to engaging system outsiders in a constructive way,” she wrote.

“A key question for Canadian foreign policy going forward will be how to carve room for manoeuvre given the triangular nature of the U.S.-China-Canada relationship.”

There is a bipartisan consensus in the U.S. Congress that Huawei should be banned. Republicans in both houses have even tabled legislation to ban intelligence sharing with allies that use Huawei 5G gear.

Last year, the Democratic vice-chair of the U.S. Senate intelligence committee, Mark Warner, urged Canada to set aside any ill feelings toward Mr. Trump and join the U.S. in blacklisting Huawei.

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#deepweb | HMS and Huawei app store target Google, Apple: When it all changed

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The year 2020 will prove to the world just how ready Huawei is to live in a world without Google on Android. Huawei was blocked last year from working with Google directly, leading them to seek an alternative to GMS: Google Mobile Services, aka official license from Google to include Google apps and the Google Play digital content store on Android devices. Here in 2020, Huawei’s about to release their first phone with both the Huawei app store and HMS: Huawei Mobile Services, and it won’t be the last.

The launch

Honor President Zhao Ming spoke in an interview with WEMP/ Tencent Deep Web via author Ma Guanxia, confirming the release of the Honor V30 for an event in Barcelona “next week.” That’ll probably be on or after the 24th of February, 2020. At that time, though MWC 2020 was cancelled due to NCoV-2019 (novel coronavirus), local European Huawei/Honor employees will take up the mantle and hold a Huawei conference / press event via the web.

Huawei will reveal the Huawei V30 series smartphone line as well as at least one new Huawei smartwatch and Huawei notebook / laptop computer. This will be the first time a smartphone is released anywhere in the world with HMS, Huawei Mobile Services, the Huawei-made alternative to GMS, Google Mobile Services, on Android OS.

Development and growth

“Our solid hardware capabilities and distributed operating system capabilities, as well as our ability to share future-oriented industry development with the industry, will help the rapid development of the entire Huawei Mobile Services,” said Zhao Ming [roughly translated]. “Because of this,” said Zhao Ming, “[HMS deployment] may exceed many original pre-judgments and expectations.”

Zhao Ming went on to state that at some point in the future, Huawei expects HMS to have one massive set of their own apps that exist within their own app store, or “app gallery” as he put it. “The app gallery will be the third largest application platform,” said Zhao Ming, “after Apple and GMS.”

Ditching Google or not

At the end of January, 2020, Huawei leadership had some differing opinions – or some messaging that ended up a bit lost in translation. A report in Der Standard suggested that a Huawei official* stated they’d no longer be working with Google services.

“Even if the United States trade ban were cancelled, Huawei will no longer return to Google-Diensten (Google services), the company stressed when asked by Der Standard,” wrote Andreas Proschofsky for Der Standard. “The reason for this is simple: After all, one can not rely on the possibility that a new ban will not be enacted soon afterwards. We want to get rid of this dependence on US politics.”

*UPDATE: The official’s name: Fred Wangfei, Huawei Country Manager for Austria.

Huawei Germany went on to make a statement with the publication T3N. “An open Android system and ecosystem are still Huawei’s first choice,” said a Huawei Germany representative. “However, if we are prevented from using it, we will be able to develop our own operating and ecosystem.”

At the same time, journalist Arnoud Wokke of the publication Tweakers spoke with a Huawei Netherlands general manager, who said that Huawei would go back to using Google Services saying, “Google has been a partner for many years and is a priority for us. We believe in choice for consumers in services on their devices.”

Added once other statements were made, Proschofsky wrote the following: “Just as a note for others who read this. There was no wiggle room in what Huawei told me, I asked them several times (as I was rather surprised myself) and they insisted on not going back to Google – even if the US ban falls.”

Clear as mud

One way or the other, events that took place in 2019 between Huawei and the United States government affected the course of the entire mobile smart device industry from this point forward. We’ll get our next big update on how this is all going to play out next week, as Huawei reveals their hand in Barcelona.

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#cybersecurity | #hackerspace | Huawei: The Backdoor Papers – Security Boulevard

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via Jon Brodkinwriting at Ars Technica – and detailing the latest salvo (chatted up in a Wall Street journal piece) in the United States Government versus Huawei Tug of Networks. We’are calling it The Backdoor Papers. Stay Tuned.

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Infosecurity.US authored by Marc Handelman. Read the original post at:

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#nationalcybersecuritymonth | Merkel Plan for Huawei Gets Pushback From Within Her Own Ranks By Bloomberg

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© Reuters. Merkel Plan for Huawei Gets Pushback From Within Her Own Ranks

(Bloomberg) — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s efforts to rule out a ban on Huawei Technologies Co. have hit a wall of resistance in parliament.

While the U.K. and the European Union introduced policies that allow Huawei’s partial participation in next-generation wireless networks, Merkel has failed to forge a compromise with lawmakers in her Christian Democratic-led bloc who want to ban China’s biggest maker of telecommunications gear, according to three officials familiar with the process. Attempts to reach an agreement last week failed and will be resumed later in February.

The stalemate reflects Merkel’s difficulty in asserting control in a standoff that pits trade interests with China against security concerns raised by Washington and her own intelligence agencies. Open dissent such as that over the 5G policy is uncommon in Merkel’s otherwise disciplined CDU. Since the 65-year-old former physicist announced over a year ago that she wouldn’t run for a fifth term, she has withdrawn from domestic politics and her agenda has at times been overshadowed by a power struggle to succeed her.

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The security concerns over Beijing’s potential influence over Huawei are shared by many in her allied Social Democratic party and in the Foreign Ministry. Yet the balancing act is proving difficult for Merkel and her government, which are torn between an allegiance for a traditional ally and the risk of antagonizing and isolating Germany’s largest trading partner by shutting out Chinese technology.

“I call on us not to slip into a new form of bi-polarity,” Merkel said in a speech last month in Berlin. “Rather we must try, with the results and experiences we have around multilateralism, to include a country like China and at least treat it on the same terms.”

Yet skeptics accuse Merkel of adhering to an outdated geopolitical view that Chinese economic development would spur political reform and a convergence of the world’s most populous nation with international standards and norms.

“Merkel is stuck with an idea of China that is 10 years old,” Nils Schmid, a senior SPD lawmaker on the Bundestag foreign affairs committee, said in an interview last week.

A group of Bundestag lawmakers is standing by a bill drafted in December that would exclude “untrustworthy” equipment vendors from the whole network, a clear reference to Huawei and a break from last week’s decisions in London and Brussels that defied U.S. demands to exclude Huawei. The U.K. said that Huawei would be allowed access to the periphery of 5G networks, but not the core — a principle that Merkel’s chancellery had agreed to late last year in a concession to hawks.

Smoking Gun

The hard-liners got a boost last week, when Handelsblatt reported on a classified document from the Foreign Ministry containing U.S. intelligence linking Huawei to Chinese security services, or a “smoking gun.” The ministry declined to comment on the report.

U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger led a delegation to Berlin in December and another to London last month as part of a Trump administration effort to warn the Europeans about Chinese technology and to alert them that intelligence-sharing across the North Atlantic is at risk.

Such warnings haven’t convinced the French government. France’s cybersecurity chief said his agency hasn’t uncovered any evidence of Huawei snooping via Europe’s communications networks.

“There is no Huawei smoking gun as of today in Europe,” Guillaume Poupard, the head of the national cybersecurity agency ANSSI, said in an interview last week. “There is no situation with Huawei being caught massively spying in Europe. Elsewhere maybe it’s different, but not in Europe.”

Merkel will now have to seek a compromise with lawmakers in the Bundestag, which reconvenes Feb. 10.

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#nationalcybersecuritymonth | UK Has a Plan to Corral Huawei. But Security Concerns Linger

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans The UK government ruled Tuesday that Chinese telecom giant won’t be banned outright from selling equipment for mobile 5G networks there, though it will face severe limits. The question is: Will the restrictions provide the security protections that policymakers want? The decision is the latest in […] View full post on

#nationalcybersecuritymonth | Johnson will defy US and allow use of Huawei, says top security adviser | Technology

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Boris Johnson is likely to approve the use of Huawei technology in the UK’s new 5G network against the pleas of the US government, a former national security adviser has said. Sir Mark Lyall Grant, who was Theresa May’s national security adviser, said that the security […] View full post on

#infosec | US Pressures UK on Final Huawei Decision

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans The US made a last ditch bid to convince the British government to fall into line over Huawei this week, as newly introduced legislation proposed excluding allies from intelligence sharing agreements. Secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, was expected to press his counterpart Dominic Raab at a […] View full post on

#nationalcybersecuritymonth | ‘Shot across the bow’: U.S. increases pressure on UK ahead of key Huawei decision | News

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Wednesday, January 08, 2020 1:06 a.m. EST By Jack Stubbs and Alexandra Alper LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is making a final pitch to Britain ahead of a U.K. decision on whether to upgrade its telecoms network with Huawei equipment, amid threats to cut intelligence-sharing […] View full post on

#nationalcybersecuritymonth | Huawei Battles Reigned in 2019

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Huawei struck back at a new report that claims the China-based vendor benefitted disproportionately from government subsidies that bolstered the vendor’s operational advantage compared to its competitors. The discourse also puts a fitting bow on what has been a dizzying mix of hits and misses for Huawei in 2019.

The Wall Street Journal this week reported that Huawei received “tens of billions of dollars” in financial assistance from the Chinese government in the form of grants, credit facilities, tax breaks, and other forms of relief. The report notes that these benefits have helped Huawei become the world’s largest telecom equipment vendor.

The report was based on The Wall Street Journal review of public records “including company statements and land-registry documents. The Journal verified its methodology with subsidy analysts, including Usha Haley, professor at Wichita State University, and Good Jobs First, a Washington, D.C., organization that criticizes some tax incentives and provides widely consulted subsidy data.”

Huawei in a statement said the report is “based on false information and poor reasoning.” It countered that the vendor has attained its current market dominance by investing heavily into research and development that towers over that of rivals like Cisco, Nokia, and Ericsson.

However, it also notes that its “relationship with the Chinese government is no different than that of any other private company that operates in China,” which includes “some policy support from the Chinese government.” It added that research and development subsidies over the past decade have amounted to less than 0.3% of total revenues.

The Wall Street Journal report does show that the U.S. (Cisco), Finland (Nokia), and Sweden (Ericsson) have all provided some sort of financial assistance to those respective vendors. And the U.S. government has reportedly looked at broadening that assistance to Nokia and Ericsson.

Huawei also claims that The Wall Street Journal has “published a number of disingenuous and irresponsible articles” about the company that have damaged its reputation. And then threw in a legal disclaimer that it “reserved the right to take legal action to protect our reputation.”

The Wall Street Journal earlier this year reported that U.S. prosecutors were looking into allegations that Huawei had stolen intellectual property from multiple people and companies over the past several years.

Cloudy Relationship

The latest report further clouds what has been a tumultuous 2019 for Huawei. While ranked by many as the market’s most dominate provider of 4G LTE and 5G equipment, the use of its equipment by Western Countries has come under scrutiny.

The U.S. government has led the argument that the vendor is directly linked to the Chinese government, which in turn makes the vendor a security risk. This dates back to early 2018 when reports surfaced that the U.S. government was looking at building a national 5G network. Those efforts were based on fears that China has achieved a dominant position in the manufacture and operation of network infrastructure.

The government has since backed away from those plans but has pressured domestic operators to not use any equipment from Chinese vendors. That includes a more recent direct ban by the Federal Communications Commission from using any government money to purchase Chinese telecom equipment.

The U.S. government has also used its influence in trying to prevent other Western nations from using Huawei equipment. The most recent push came just this week when U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien warned the United Kingdom about allowing the use of Huawei equipment in that country’s 5G networks. Other Western countries have wavered on their plans to allow the use of Huawei equipment.

Legal Battle

The U.S. government and Huawei have also spent most of 2019 throwing legal bards at one another.

The Department of Justice (DoJ) in January dropped a 13-count indictment that charged Huawei and its CFO with conspiring to violate sanctions on Iran. And, in a separate grand jury indictment, Huawei was tagged for stealing robotic technology from T-Mobile US.

Shortly after the indictment was released, Huawei filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government challenging a section of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that bans the U.S. government, its contractors, and suppliers from purchasing Huawei equipment and services.

President Donald Trump countered that with an executive order that effectively used national emergency powers to target Chinese vendors.

Huawei came out several months later with allegations that the U.S. government was using “every tool at its disposal” to disrupt it and its partners’ business operations. This includes threatening and arresting employees, using cyberattacks against the company, and “a host of other unscrupulous means.”

And earlier this month, Huawei filed a legal petition against the FCC’s move to bar rural U.S. operators from using equipment from the China-based vendor because of national security concerns. Huawei argued in its claim that the FCC order fails to offer the vendor “due process protections in labeling Huawei a national security threat.”

“Banning a company like Huawei, just because we started in China – this does not solve cybersecurity challenges,” Huawei’s Chief Legal Officer Song Liuping said at a press conference.

Song stated that the FCC did not present any evidence showing that Huawei was a security threat and “ignored the facts and objections raised by Huawei and rural carriers after the FCC first made the proposal in March, 2018.”

Huawei’s legal and operational challenges obviously did not subside in 2019, though their impact does appear muted to this point. The vendor noted in its most recent financial release that it was ahead of its guidance of producing $100 billion in revenue for the year despite a predicted $30 billion revenue hit tied to its challenges.

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Hackers #Release #Huawei #Router #Exploit Code Used in #IoT #Botnet

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Today’s topics include the Huawei router exploit code used in the Satori IoT botnet going public; a rise in GPU sales in 2017; and LinkedIn expanding its job seeker toolkit ahead of the new year.

Researchers at NewSky Security reported Dec. 28 that code from the Satori internet of things botnet that exploits a Huawei router vulnerability has been publicly posted on the internet. The vulnerability, which internet service providers had shut down earlier this month, was discovered by security firm Check Point, which reported the issue to Huawei on Nov. 27.

“An authenticated attacker could send malicious packets to port 37215 to launch attacks. Successful exploit could lead to the remote execution of arbitrary code,” Huawei said.

Check Point reported that the root cause of the flaw is linked to Huawei’s implementation of the Universal Plug and Play protocol via the TR-064 technical report standard. Huawei implementation allowed remote attackers to inject arbitrary commands, which hackers used to build the Satori botnet.

Maya Horowitz, Threat Intelligence Group Manager at Check Point, said “[Users should] change the default password on their router,” and recommends that end users running Huawei routers behind a firewall or Intrusion Prevention System should configure those devices to block the exploit’s traffic.

Jon Peddie Research released Dec. 29 its annual review of graphics processing unit developments, and the results indicate good things for the year past and for 2018. Despite an overall slowdown in worldwide sales of PCs, PC-based GPU sales have been increasing at the same rate as mobile devices.

Sales in the console market have also increased over the year, where integrated graphics are in every console. The IT business has seen a few new GPUs showing the path for future developments and subsequent applications, and 2017 was a solid year for GPU development driven by games, eSports, artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency mining and simulations.

Autonomous vehicles started to become a reality, as did augmented reality. Mobile GPUs, exemplified by Qualcomm, ARM and Imagination Technologies, introduced some advanced devices with long battery life and screens at or approaching 4K.

Jon Peddie Research said, “2018 is going to be an even more amazing year [for GPUs], with AI being the leading applications that will permeate every sector of our lives.”

LinkedIn, Microsoft’s business-focused social network, has new features to help members land a new job or build the skills required for a career change.

This is just in time for the many people, particularly IT workers, who are considering switching jobs in 2018, according to Spiceworks’ recent 2018 IT Career Outlook survey. Nearly a third of IT workers in North America and Europe plan to look for a new job in 2018 with higher salaries and opportunities to improve their skills sets.

LinkedIn is now issuing monthly notifications alerting users to trending skills among folks with the same job title. If members already possess a given skill, they can add it to their profiles, improving the chances that interested employers will come calling. If they lack the expertise, users can click on a skill to see corresponding LinkedIn Learning courses, along with the organizations that are hiring people with that skill.

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