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Security officials in the United Kingdom issued a report on Thursday identifying further security risks in equipment from Chinese telecom giant Huawei. The report noted Huawei has made no progress on addressing previously identified problems and said it would be “difficult” to manage the security risk from further Huawei purchases.
The U.K. Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Center (HCSEC), established by the company itself but overseen by British intelligence, issues a report on Huawei products every year. The new report arrives at a moment when the U.S. government is strongly encouraging allies to rethink purchases of Chinese electronics because they may include deliberate security vulnerabilities that could be exploited in the future by Chinese intelligence agencies.
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The U.S. has warned allies such as Germany and Israel that intelligence sharing could be curtailed in the future if they rely on products from companies like Huawei. The British government’s final decision on whether to use Huawei products in its 5G wireless network is expected soon.
HCSEC’s 2019 report found “several hundred vulnerabilities and issues” with Huawei products, some of them unaddressed holdovers from the 2018 report. HCSEC noted that its evaluation team is “relatively small,” so the number of vulnerabilities they were able to discover with limited manpower is troubling.
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“If an attacker has knowledge of these vulnerabilities and sufficient access to exploit them, they may be able to affect the operation of the network, in some cases causing it to cease operating correctly,” the British watchdog agency warned, mirroring concerns expressed by U.S. intelligence officials.
The warning was tempered by assurances that U.K. networks are configured in such a way that exploiting such vulnerabilities to attack secure government systems is difficult.
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The U.K. experts thought the vulnerabilities they discovered could be “exploited by a range of actors,” but they did not believe the defects were a “result of...
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