Bit late to the party, aren't they?
Huawei's threat to National Security was not just last year's threat, it was a good couple of years back. By now it should have been possible to quantify any real threat. (sound of crickets chirping....)
The Canadian government has joined many of its allies and banned the use of Huawei and ZTE tech in its 5G networks, as part of a new telecommunications security framework. “The Government is committed to maximizing the social and economic benefits of 5G and access to telecommunications services writ large, but not at the …
Canada does independent security reviews on all telecommunications kit from all suppliers, not just Huawei, and has done so for many years.
No problems were ever found with Huawei kit of a nature which didn't also exist in that of their competitors such as Nokia or Ericsson.
The complaints from intelligence officials in Canada relating to Huawei had to do with how it affected diplomatic relations with their counterparts in the US intelligence apparatus and US threats to cut off security cooperation via "Five Eyes" if Canada didn't fall into line on the Huawei issue.
Exactly. It's a beat-up, orchestrated by tRump and inexplicably continued by Biden.
There has never been a shred of evidence that Huawei or ZTE equipment is more prone to hidden backdooring than any other vendor's kit.
The whole nonsense is purely the result of lobbying by Western companies that hate fair competition from cheaper competitors. And probably due to some tRumpist bias in some of the 3-letter agencies.
I seem to recall that Edward Snowden mentioned that Cisco kit was backdoored.....courtesy of those friendly folk in Fort Meade.
.......so when are we going to hear that there will be a billion dollar program to rip and replace Cisco?
.......and then we need to know exactly what will be used to replace the internet!!!
Who do you trust?.......Ghostbusters!!!!
Please believe that many intelligent Canadians are deeply embarrassed that the Justin Trudeau government is still clinging to this absurd relic of the Trump era.
Most of us understand that Huawei is no more or less dangerous than any other tech company, and that arguably American companies are as much of a threat as the Chinese. I have yet to see anything in the press where Canada, or anyone else, has actually demonstrated a defined action on Huawei's part.
Canada's wireless industry is an embarrassment, with prices in the stratosphere and services in the gutter. With the entire infrastructure and retail end controlled by a cabal of three companies there's no incentive for competition, and the government has shown no interest in regulating them for the good of ordinary people.
Finally, in the interests of transparency, my Huawei phone is hands down the best tech that I've bought in a decade, and I'm in no rush to retire it any time soon.
It's quite possible that this was part of the deal Ottawa negotiated to with the Americans for agreeing to drop the extradition request for Meng.
A decent interval has now gone by so that Ottawa can claim there was no connection, and they drop the news right before one of the biggest holiday weekends of the year (Victoria Day) when people are too busy heading off to the cottage or elsewhere to pay much attention to the news. By the time people are back from holiday the news cycle will have moved on and this will be forgotten.
So we must have a small clique of NSA apologists here, who systematically downvote any post telling the truth (that there is no evidence whatever that Huawei and ZTE kit is more backdoored than anyone else's, and that this whole business is a political beat-up).
I'll come back tomorrow to count up my downvotes...
My sympathies my friend. Us here in the UK, or at least a lot of us are just as pissed off with the incompetents in charge making an U-turn and going against GCHQ's original recommendations on Huawei switchgear, at a cost of billions to the taxpayer eventually just because that arsehole Trump shouted at everyone to fall into line.
When the Chinese eventually take charge, along with backing from India us that blindly followed the US will be royally stuffed.
If India and China could settle their differences, it would be whole new ball game. Neither country accepts lectures from western countries which invaded them and plundered their resources. The idea of India taking a lecture from a tin pot once-was-powerful country on the periphery of Europe is absurd.
It's OK to have disagreements, but if they worked more cooperatively the world would take a very sudden turn in that direction.
It also said it had serious concerns about suppliers who “could be compelled to comply with extrajudicial directions from foreign governments in ways .....”
Surely they'll soon forbid using any American suppliers' products. I can't wait...
Unless of course, no extrajudicial directions from the US government would ever conflict with Canadian laws or be detrimental to Canadian interests. Like arresting and deporting a foreign citizen who had never broken Canadian laws.
Poor sobs that weren't even capable of fixing their own government payroll for years, among other things.
The top three telcos were all very aware this was coming. They've all chosen the Scandanavian kit, e.g.
Telus announces 5g network equipment partners (undated but I guess mid-2020).
True to form, Trudeau "decides" after the decision was already made by others and he takes the credit.
Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE has announced what it claims is the first "cloud laptop" – an Android-powered device that the consumes just five watts and links to its cloud desktop-as-a-service.
Announced this week at the partially state-owned company's 2022 Cloud Network Ecosystem Summit, the machine – model W600D – measures 325mm × 215mm × 14 mm, weighs 1.1kg and includes a 14-inch HD display, full-size keyboard, HD camera, and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. An unspecified eight-core processors drives it, and a 40.42 watt-hour battery is claimed to last for eight hours.
It seems the primary purpose of this thing is to access a cloud-hosted remote desktop in which you do all or most of your work. ZTE claimed its home-grown RAP protocol ensures these remote desktops will be usable even on connections of a mere 128Kbit/sec, or with latency of 300ms and packet loss of six percent. That's quite a brag.
China's internet regulator has launched an investigation into the security regime protecting academic journal database China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), citing national security concerns.
In its announcement of the investigation, the China Cyberspace Administration (CAC) said:
China's government has outlined its vision for digital services, expected behavior standards at China's big tech companies, and how China will put data to work everywhere – with president Xi Jinping putting his imprimatur to some of the policies.
Xi's remarks were made in his role as director of China’s Central Comprehensively Deepening Reforms Commission, which met earlier this week. The subsequent communiqué states that at the meeting Xi called for "financial technology platform enterprises to return to their core business" and "support platform enterprises in playing a bigger role in serving the real economy and smoothing positive interplay between domestic and international economic flows."
The remarks outline an attempt to balance Big Tech's desire to create disruptive financial products that challenge monopolies, against efforts to ensure that only licensed and regulated entities offer financial services.
The Cyberspace Administration of China has announced a policy requiring all comments made to websites to be approved before publication.
Outlined in a document published last Friday and titled "Provisions on the Administration of Internet Thread Commenting Services", the policy is aimed at making China's internet safer, and better represent citizens' interests. The Administration believes this can only happen if comments are reviewed so that only posts that promote socialist values and do not stir dissent make it online.
To stop the nasties being published, the policy outlines requirements for publishers to hire "a review and editing team suitable for the scale of services".
The US Department of Defense said it's investigating Chinese disinformation campaigns against rare earth mining and processing companies — including one targeting Lynas Rare Earths, which has a $30 million contract with the Pentagon to build a plant in Texas.
Earlier today, Mandiant published research that analyzed a Beijing-linked influence operation, dubbed Dragonbridge, that used thousands of fake accounts across dozens of social media platforms, including Facebook, TikTok and Twitter, to spread misinformation about rare earth companies seeking to expand production in the US to the detriment of China, which wants to maintain its global dominance in that industry.
"The Department of Defense is aware of the recent disinformation campaign, first reported by Mandiant, against Lynas Rare Earth Ltd., a rare earth element firm seeking to establish production capacity in the United States and partner nations, as well as other rare earth mining companies," according to a statement by Uncle Sam. "The department has engaged the relevant interagency stakeholders and partner nations to assist in reviewing the matter.
The saga of the US government's plan to rip and replace China-made communications kit from the country's networks has a new twist: following reports that applications for funding far outstripped the cash set aside, it appears two-thirds of such applications lack adequate cost estimates or sufficient supporting evidence.
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) informed Congress that it had found deficiencies in 122 of the 181 of the applications filed with it by US carriers for funding to reimburse them for replacing telecoms equipment sourced from Chinese companies.
The FCC voted nearly a year ago to reimburse medium and small carriers in the US for removing and replacing all network equipment provided by companies such as Huawei and ZTE. The telecoms operators were required to do this in the interests of national security under the terms of the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act.
A Chinese state-backed startup has hired legendary Japanese chip exec Yukio Sakamoto as part of a strategy to launch a local DRAM industry.
Chinese press last week reported that Sakamoto has joined an outfit named SwaySure, also known as Shenzhen Sheng Weixu Technology Company or Sheng Weixu for brevity.
Sakamoto's last gig was as senior vice president of Chinese company Tsinghua Unigroup, where he was hired to build up a 100-employee team in Japan with the aim of making DRAM products in Chongqing, China. That effort reportedly faced challenges along the way – some related to US sanctions, others from recruitment.
The US arm of Chinese social video app TikTok has revealed that it has changed the default location used to store users' creations to Oracle Cloud's stateside operations – a day after being accused of allowing its Chinese parent company to access American users' personal data.
"Today, 100 percent of US user traffic is being routed to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure," the company stated in a post dated June 18.
"For more than a year, we've been working with Oracle on several measures as part of our commercial relationship to better safeguard our app, systems, and the security of US user data," the post continues. "We still use our US and Singapore datacenters for backup, but as we continue our work we expect to delete US users' private data from our own datacenters and fully pivot to Oracle cloud servers located in the US."
Executives at China's Blockchain-based Service Network (BSN) – a state-backed initiative aimed at driving the commercial adoption of blockchain technology – labelled cryptocurrency "the biggest Ponzi scheme in human history" in state-sponsored media on Sunday.
"The author of this article believes that virtual currency is becoming the largest Ponzi scheme in human history, and in order to maintain this scam, the currency circle has tried to put on various cloaks for it," wrote Shan Zhiguang and He Yifan in the People's Daily.
He Yifan is the CEO of startup Red Date Technology – a founding member and architect behind BSN – where he serves as executive director. Co-author Zhiguang Shan is chair of the BSN Development Alliance.
Scientists at top universities in China propose sending a spacecraft powered by nuclear fission to orbit Neptune – the outermost planet in our solar system – in 2030.
Astronomers have not yet been able to look at Uranus and Neptune in much detail. The best data collected so far comes from NASA's Voyager 2, the only spacecraft to have flown by the big blue orbs way back in 1986 and 1989.
Now, Chinese academics believe it may be possible to launch a spacecraft to orbit Neptune.
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