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World U.S. Says It Won’t Curb U.K.’s Intelligence Access Over Huawei

18:35  14 february  2020
18:35  14 february  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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  US claims Huawei can secretly access carrier backdoors The US has been trying to persuade its allies to ditch Huawei for a while, but it has been curiously shy about providing evidence to support its case. However, some of that evidence appears to be coming to light -- although it's still not certain there's a real threat. Officials talking to the Wall Street Journal have claimed that Huawei can "covertly" access phone networks worldwide using backdoors meant for law enforcement. While manufacturers are often required to design their gear in a way that prevents them from gaining access without a carrier's permission, Huawei supposedly maintains that access without the carriers being any the wiser.

The U . S . won ’ t change its policy on intelligence -sharing with the U . K . over Britain’ s decision to allow Huawei Technologies Co. into next-generation broadband networks, a senior official said . President Donald Trump tried to persuade the British government to exclude the Chinese company from the U . K

(Bloomberg) -- The U . K .’ s decision to allow China’ s Huawei Technologies Co. to be involved in building its 5G telecom networks won ’ t affect trans-Atlantic intelligence sharing, despite U . S . threats to the contrary, Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan said .Britain gave the green light for Huawei kit to be.

(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. won’t change its policy on intelligence-sharing with the U.K. over Britain’s decision to allow Huawei Technologies Co. into next-generation broadband networks, a senior official said.

A 5G CPE (customer-premises equipment) Pro router, manufactured by Huawei Technologies Co., sits on a display following a news conference announcing the rollout of BT Group Plc's EE 5G network in London, U.K., on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. BT won't offer phones from Huawei when it starts Britain's first 5G mobile network next week in the face of a U.S. crackdown on the Chinese firm.© Photographer: Bloomberg/Bloomberg A 5G CPE (customer-premises equipment) Pro router, manufactured by Huawei Technologies Co., sits on a display following a news conference announcing the rollout of BT Group Plc's EE 5G network in London, U.K., on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. BT won't offer phones from Huawei when it starts Britain's first 5G mobile network next week in the face of a U.S. crackdown on the Chinese firm.

President Donald Trump tried to persuade the British government to exclude the Chinese company from the U.K.’s 5G networks and was unhappy that Boris Johnson defied him, berating the British prime minister during a heated phone call last week. The U.S. has warned about Huawei’s ties to the Chinese Communist Party and the risk of espionage.

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(Bloomberg) -- The U . K .’ s decision to allow China’ s Huawei Technologies Co. to be involved in building its 5G telecom networks won ’ t affect trans-Atlantic intelligence sharing, despite U . S . threats to the contrary, Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan said .Britain gave the green light for Huawei kit to be.

It said some basic vulnerabilities in Huawei kit could expose the U . K .’ s networks to national security threats. This green light means that UK businesses and consumers will have access to the fastest and most reliable networks thanks to Huawei ’ s cutting edge technology,” a Huawei spokesperson said .

However, Robert B. Blair, Trump’s special envoy for international telecommunications policy, said that the U.K. will continue to be one of Washington’s “closest partners.”

“We’ll have to take a hard look at how the implementation of this new policy -- and it’s still a policy at this point -- will affect our ability to take care of information with them, but there will be no erosion of our overall intelligence sharing operation with the Brits,” Blair told reporters Friday at the Munich Security Conference.

He said the idea of restricting U.K. access to U.S. intelligence had never been a threat, and reassessing the treatment of data was simply a matter of reacting to potentially compromised networks.

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The U . K .’ s decision to allow China’ s Huawei Technologies Co. to be involved in building its 5G telecom networks won ’ t affect trans-Atlantic intelligence sharing, despite U . S , Digital Secretary Morgan Says Special Relationship Will Endure. Chinese Company allowed to participate in U . K . 5G Build Out.

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He appeared to pour cold water on an option broached by Attorney General William Barr for the U.S. to invest in Huawei competitors Nokia Oyj of Finland and Ericsson AB of Sweden.

“We will push the market in a particular direction, frankly we are more at the point of working to bring everybody inside the tent rather than focusing on putting U.S. taxpayer dollars toward a particular solution,” he said.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, one of Trump’s staunchest critics, said at the Munich conference that she agrees with his assessment of the threat posed by using Huawei equipment in the new 5G networks.

Read more: Pelosi Says She Agrees With Trump on Threat Posed by Huawei

The U.S. raised the stakes in its fight with Huawei this week, charging the company with racketeering to engage in intellectual property theft. A company representative said the new charges “are without merit and are based largely on recycled civil disputes.”

Google apps probably aren’t coming back to Huawei phones anytime soon

  Google apps probably aren’t coming back to Huawei phones anytime soon A few days ago, a Huawei official said that the Chinese smartphone vendor is done with Google for good. The company added that "an open Android ecosystem" is its first choice, but that it can develop its own in case it isn't able to use Google's. Huawei has been stripped of its ability to do business with US tech companies, which include software solution provides like Google. That's why the Mate 30 Pro flagship launched with Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) onboard rather than Google. That means you won’t have the ability to install the Play Store on the phone and retrieve your favorite Android apps from it.

U . S . officials say Huawei Technologies Co. can covertly access mobile-phone networks around the world through “back doors” designed for use by law enforcement, as Washington tries to persuade allies to exclude the Chinese company from their networks. Intelligence shows Huawei has had this secret

U . S . intelligence on Huawei ' s use of back doors was considered highly sensitive classified material. For over a year, the Trump administration had been warning allies against the use of Huawei ' s gear In a statement, Huawei says that it "has never and will never do anything that would compromise or

‘No Evidence’

Huawei has ripped up its supply chain in an attempt to insulate itself from U.S. attacks, and the equipment provider said Friday that it doesn’t use American components in its 5G networks anymore.

“We do believe over a strategic period as America weakens and non-American companies strengthen, that actually will be good for all companies and all countries and consumers,” said John Suffolk, the Shenzhen-based vendor’s global cybersecurity and privacy chief. “There will be a lot more competition in the world.”

In the final weeks of 2019, Huawei’s investment branch scouted startups and venture capital firms in countries including Germany and France to invest in European tech companies to build a non-American supply chain.

Suffolk said Huawei doesn’t provide the specific equipment which allows law enforcement to listen in to communications, and that function is under the control of network operators themselves. Suffolk was previously chief information security officer for the U.K. government.

“There is no evidence to support any of the allegations that America is making,” Suffolk said. He was referring to a report published Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal that said the company has been able to use lawful intercept technology to eavesdrop on communications for more than a decade.

“We believe they’re deliberately misleading and hoping if they throw enough mud then some of that mud would stick,” Suffolk added.

--With assistance from Helene Fouquet, Thomas Seal and Patricia Hurtado.

To contact the reporter on this story: Patrick Donahue in Munich at pdonahue1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Iain Rogers, Larry Liebert

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Huawei accuses US Justice Department of 'political persecution' .
One day after the US Justice Department announced 16 new charges against Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer has responded. In a lengthy statement, the company defends its track record, and accuses the US government of "using the strength of an entire nation to come after a private company." The company starts the statement by claiming that many of the criminal charges the US Justice Department announced yesterday are based on older civil disputes that have already been resolved in the past.

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