What Is The Huawei Report?
How Is The US Affected By The Huawei Report?
Huawei, founded in 1987, is a global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider – a prominent provider. Huawei is the world’s top telecom supplier and second top phone manufacturer. So, why are phones and networking equipment from one of the top manufactures nearly nonexistent in the United States?
Recorded Future, a company specializing in threat intelligence, recently released a report that indicates Huawei could present a much greater risk to US interests and organizations. The report suggests Huawei’s broad range of technologies, along with its global customer base, puts the company in a position to gain a significant amount of intel on organizations, governments, and individuals globally.
Recorded Future stated, “Huawei’s obligations to the Chinese government under various national security and related statutes put that data at risk of interception and compromise.”
Priscilla Moriuchi, the director of strategic threat development at Recorded Future claimed, “The position that Huawei occupies in China and its obligations under that government’s laws and regulations cannot be minimized.”
The Department of Justice charged Huawei with theft of trade secrets, wire fraud, and obstruction of justice in January. Some of the indictments allege that Huawei began stealing information about T-Mobile’s phone-testing robot named Tappy. Huawei engineers are accused of violating confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements by taking pictures, measurements, and even stealing a piece of it. Other parts of the indictments charge Huawei Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, with bank fraud, wire fraud and conspiracies to commit bank and wire fraud. They also charge Huawei and Huawei USA with conspiracy to obstruct justice, Huawei and Skycom with bank fraud, wire fraud, violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Many countries, including the US, have gone as far as prohibiting the use of its networking equipment. An executive order banning US government agencies from buying technologies that are owned, controlled by, or subject to the laws of foreign adversaries was signed by President Trump. This seems to be driven by concern from US officials about Huawei’s close ties to the Chinese government.
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