Cyber Security Roundup for October 2020

A roundup of UK focused Cyber and Information Security News, Blog Posts, Reports and general Threat Intelligence from the previous calendar month, October 2020.
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China Trolls U.S. With ‘Fox in Henhouse’ Data Security Plan

China says countries shouldn’t attack critical infrastructure. Nor steal data. Nor do mass surveillance. Nor put backdoors in their products.
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Beijing floats a plan to protect Chinese companies from American cyber ‘bullying’

If Chinese technology companies are going to lose global market share amid concerns about their ties to the Communist government, Beijing isn’t going to let that happen quietly. In a speech Tuesday, Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi proposed a set of international rules intended to increase trust and refute the Trump administration’s strategy to limit the reach of Chinese-made technologies. Wang said the “Global Initiative on Data Security” is a recognition that data protection techniques are increasingly politicized at a moment when “individual countries” are “bullying” others, sometimes “hunting” foreign-based companies. The speech coincided with an ongoing effort in Washington to limit what officials have described as a national security threat from China-based corporations including TikTok and Huawei. While the U.S. has provided few specific examples of the apparent threat, intelligence officials have consistently warned that Chinese national security laws require Chinese companies to provide data at the government’s request. Chinese […]

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Trump administration expands economic restrictions on Huawei

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced Monday it was taking several steps to further restrict Huawei’s ability to acquire electronic components developed using U.S. technology. As part of its actions, the department is adding 38 Huawei affiliates around the world to the U.S. government’s economic black list, which will make it difficult for Huawei to obtain semiconductors — even those produced outside of the U.S. — without a U.S. stamp of approval. The additional restrictions build on earlier limitations the Trump administration issued in May, when it aimed to reduce Huawei’s ability to purchase semiconductors produced with U.S. technologies. The move to expand the list comes as the Trump administration is becoming increasingly successful in its efforts to marshal U.S. allies to block Huawei’s operations in their countries, over concerns the company could work with the Chinese government on government spying objectives. Huawei has denied it spies on customers at the behest of […]

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Cyber Security Roundup for August 2020

A roundup of UK focused Cyber and Information Security News, Blog Posts, Reports and general Threat Intelligence from the previous calendar month, July 2020.The standout hack of July 2020, and possibly of the year, was the takeover of 45 celebrity Twit… Continue reading Cyber Security Roundup for August 2020