"we will consider legislative changes that would allow such a move"
Oh well, Poland is not lacking authoritarian moves, lately... do they believe European brands devices could be assembled in Poland, maybe?
A Polish official has said he couldn’t rule out “legislative changes” to allow the nation to ban the use of a company’s products, following the local arrest of a Huawei staffer. The country’s internal security agency (Agencja Bezpieczeństwa Wewnętrznego, ABW) last week detained a man named by Polish media as Wang Weijing, a …
Just a friendly reminder that these bozos only got around 37% of the popular vote and have no business (also within the domestic legal framework, hence the EU intervention) performing as sweeping changes to how the country is run as they do. And they certainly do not represent the mindset of "Poland" as a whole.
yeah, that's something that China's government needs to re-consider, whether "communistic practices" like trying to police and spy on everyone is actually 'a good thing'.
Perhaps they'd do so much better by providing quality goods and services at low, low prices? OK that's capitalistic, but still...
MAC address can be easily spoofed. In fact most Ethernet chips come with the chip manufacturer's MAC ID but once you place it on a device (e.g. a router, camera, etc.) you switch it to the device manufacturer's IDs. It is easy to masquerade ... unless we also have some form of digital signature at the MAC layer. Which would imply that each processor has a private key. There are signature anonymization techniques that would protect the privacy of the device ...
Have to agree the CFO gets arrested ( just so happens to be the CEO's daughter ) for violating international embargoes , they along with the Chinese government claim among other things, human rights violations. Another high level Manager within the Company gets arrested for spying and they dump him like a steaming dog turd.
Coincidence? Maybe, but that's one hell of a coincidence to disregard.
sounds to me like they're damned if they do [tolerant/supportive of spying] or damned if they don't [betraying the employee].
So what would YOU do, AC, in this case? Can you see ANY 'right' action in this case?
(my guess is 'no')
Here's a potential right action: announce that the employee is suspended with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation, the results of which will be passed on to law enforcement and that furthermore, they will fully cooperate with any lawful investigation.
That would be nice to think, unfortunately I think reality is not so simple.
What seems to grow more and more certain each passing week is that the hallali has been launched against Huawei. Arresting a salesperson for spying ? What has the world come to ?
In the Cold War days, the Soviet embassies would have attachés and PR people and you knew that they were the spies trained by the KGB. The US replicated with CIA agents working as chauffeurs, weather forecasters and, of course, PR people. It was a job.
Now spycraft has been given to bloody salespeople ? Oh the humanity.
It is the season to be USA-aligned for the current Law and Order lot in Poland.
While there are anti-H doubts everywhere, they are the only one in Europe doing a massive stink on anti-Huawei grounds and they are doing it only a couple of weeks before hosting an anti-Iran conference based on USA request. All of it is a totally made to order thing. PIS - realigning to adjust for the changes in the power balance in the Eu once UK leaves completely and show "grattitude" to their real master.
It is surprising how effective is our media suppression nowdays - nobody related the two events. You cannot find Javad Zariff's tweet on Polish "gratefulness" and how do they thank the country which nurtured back to health and allowed 150K poles to reach safety in WW2 either. It makes a pretty interesting read too.
I guess he has not learned yet that grateful and Polish Nationalist (especially the Law and Order) flavour does not combine well in one sentence. Those who know European history are well aware that this just comes with the territory. You get three great powers to split Poland. Two of them evict the locals and/or completely assimilate them. One leaves them to speak their language, practice their customs and follow their traditions. QI question: which one do rabid polish nationalists like the PIS(*) hate most?
(*)I am leaving the story of how they came to power and who assisted them to win the elections out of frame - Google it.
That for me is the most pitiful bit of this charade. Getting a random tourist and put them in a kangaroo court that serves dead penalties like candies ( I took them 1 hour total to change the 15 years for a death sentence...) instead of their economic muscle makes them looks like monsters and weak.
"Huawei has insisted that it "complies with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where it operates..."
That's the inescapable problem - they operate in China (obviously), and I believe Chinese law obliges companies to say "yes" when asked act in the Chinese national interest. More may be asked of a company in a position to do more, and building a foreign power's comms network puts them in such a position.
I am puzzled why several governments, allegedly independently, have finger Huawei as providing kit useful for Chinese spying. It is not as if no one spies on each other and will not use either legitimate business or fronts for their activities whenever they can get away with it. If Huawei was being used as front for a spying operation how did their cover get blown? Normally, spookhausen do not like to talk about how the blow the cover of the other side.
A curious state of affairs.
"I am puzzled why several governments, allegedly independently,"
Up until now, the "allegedly independent" governments have been members of Five Eyes and New Zealand in particular has a long history of doing whatever it's told, due to severe economic kickings when it's done its own thing (1963 report on the futility of the US entering the vietnam war, 1986 nuclear armed ship ban, etc etc). Australia's never needed the kicking (Pine Gap).
The timing of this is "rather suspect", given the upcoming conference....
As for why these rattles are being waved so loudly: It's a combination of economics, mindshare and access. The chips inside the Huawei kit may be Broadcom, but most of the money is going to China, the equipment is seen as Chinese and american spooks aren't getting a chance to intercept shipments to put _their_ spyware onboard.
I have become so sceptical about many things recently.
I haven't the faintest idea if Huawei are guilty, or otherwise, of the things they are accused ( or suspected ) of.
However, this is a campaign that Cisco and other major network players must dearly love.
If Huawei leak information to the Chinese government, I wonder if Cisco leak a little as well? .. and who to? Maybe other major players ( heaven forbid ) also subvert 'stuff'?
I think I will go back to writing letters. At least then I will know for certain that nobody ( including the intended recipient ) will be able to extract meaningful information from any missive I may post. :)
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