US Commerce Department tightens screws on Huawei export controls

The U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday said it was tightening regulations to prevent Huawei from using U.S. software to make semiconductors abroad, the latest move by officials to crack down on a Chinese telecommunications giant they deem a national security threat. The new regulations are an effort to “narrowly and strategically target Huawei’s acquisition of semiconductors that are the direct product of certain U.S. software and technology,” the Department of Commerce said in a statement. Huawei has been circumventing previous restrictions on using U.S. technology to make semiconductors, which are key to its smartphone business, Commerce officials alleged. The updated export controls go further in forcing foreign companies that use U.S. chipset technology to get a license before selling that technology to Huawei. A Huawei spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The new export controls are one of a series of stringent measures the Trump administration […]

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Was This Huawei’s Failed Attempt at a Linux Backdoor?

A Huawei employee submitted a large, buggy patch to the Linux kernel—apparently it contained a “trivially exploitable” security hole.
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Cyber Security Roundup for May 2020

A roundup of UK focused Cyber and Information Security News, Blog Posts, Reports and general Threat Intelligence from the previous calendar month, April 2020.
As well reported, UK foreign exchange firm Travelex business operations were brought to a sta… Continue reading Cyber Security Roundup for May 2020

Huawei P40 flagship phones have big camera upgrades but no Google apps

Say hello to the Huawei P40, P40 Pro, and P40 Plus, Huawei’s first major flagship phones of the year. As it usually does, Huawei is putting camera upgrades front and center, and the company also has a new smartwatch to show off.Continue ReadingCategory… Continue reading Huawei P40 flagship phones have big camera upgrades but no Google apps

This Week in Security: SMBv3, AMD and Intel, and Huawei Backdoors

Ready for more speculative execution news? Hope so, because both Intel and AMD are in the news this week.

The first story is Load Value Injection, a different approach to reading arbitrary memory. Rather than try to read protected memory, LVI turns that on its head by injecting data into …read more

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What to expect from the Cybersecurity Solarium Commission report

A bipartisan congressional committee is urging the federal government to enact a sweeping set of cybersecurity upgrades in order to modernize American defenses on issues ranging from 5G security to stopping intellectual property theft and mitigating ransomware attacks. The Cybersecurity Solarium Commission on Wednesday will release 75 recommendations that calla for changes in the way that Congress and the Trump administration oversee crucial security issues that, if unaddressed, may jeopardize U.S. national and economic security. It remains to be seen whether some of the proposals will become a reality. In an interview with CyberScoop, Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, a co-chair of the commission, would not preview what elements of the proposal would appear in forthcoming legislation, but said between 40-50 percent of them could be seen in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. King says there is urgency to taking action on each of the 75 recommendations. “We want this to be […]

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