Smashing Security podcast #187: Huawei ban, MGM hack, and a contact-tracing cock-up

Login chaos for England’s contact tracing service, our drill-down on the Britain’s Huawei 5G ban, MGM’s blockbuster breach, and how to pronounce “Gigabyte.”
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Smashing Security podcast #187: Huawei ban, MGM hack, and a contact-tracing cock-up

Login chaos for the UK’s contact tracing service, our drill-down on the Britain’s Huawei 5G ban, MGM’s blockbuster breach, and how to pronounce “Gigabyte.”
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In about-face, UK bans Huawei from 5G networks

The United Kingdom on Tuesday said it was banning Huawei equipment from the country’s high-speed 5G networks in a dramatic reversal and a blow to the Chinese technology giant. Starting in January 2021, U.K. telecommunications operators will be barred from buying Huawei 5G technology, and all Huawei equipment will be removed from 5G networks by the end of 2027, said Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Oliver Dowden. Citing both security concerns with Huawei and supply-chain restrictions from recent U.S. sanctions on the Chinese company, Dowden told British lawmakers that in the coming years, Britain “will have implemented in law an irreversible path for the complete removal of Huawei equipment from our 5G networks.” The decision is a victory for the Trump administration, which has for years pressured U.S. allies to abandon Huawei, one of the world’s top suppliers of 5G equipment. U.S. officials charge that the Chinese government could […]

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Cyber Security Roundup for July 2020

A roundup of UK focused Cyber and Information Security News, Blog Posts, Reports and general Threat Intelligence from the previous calendar month, June 2020.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a sophisticated nation-state actor is causi… Continue reading Cyber Security Roundup for July 2020

US Now Considers Huawei and ZTE Threats to National Security

Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE Corp have been designated national security threats by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), citing the companies’ close ties with the Chinese Communist Party and the military. The United States took a n… Continue reading US Now Considers Huawei and ZTE Threats to National Security

FCC officially names Huawei, ZTE as national security risks

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has designated Chinese telecommunication providers Huawei and ZTE as national security risks, a decision that officially prohibits American phone companies from purchasing their equipment with government subsidies. The announcement Tuesday comes after U.S. intelligence agencies have repeatedly warned that Huawei and ZTE could conduct espionage against the U.S. and its allies on Beijing’s behalf. The FCC’s decision takes effect immediately. It prevents U.S. companies regulated by the agency from spending federal funds obtained through the $8.3 billion Universal Service Fund (USF) — which is designed to promote universal access to phone services — on equipment or services from Huawei or ZTE. The companies are subject to a Chinese law that requires firms to provide authorities with sensitive data, even if they’re unwilling to do so. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement that both companies “have close ties to the Chinese Communist Party and China’s military apparatus,” […]

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Don’t expect Huawei on DHS’s supply chain task force any time soon

A U.S. cybersecurity task force dedicated to protecting data throughout American networks aims to have a diverse set of opinions. That doesn’t mean just anyone is invited. Since 2018, the Department of Homeland Security’s Information and Communications Technology Supply Chain Task Force has been charged with developing strategies to ensure that government agencies and companies aren’t made vulnerable by partners, vendors, contractors, suppliers or other organizations in their business orbit. Members include a range of government bodies, telecommunication giants like Verizon and AT&T, and global tech firms including Microsoft and Cisco. DHS officials assess potential task force members based on a risk assessment that includes whether an entity might add value to ongoing conversations, and whether possible damage from including that organization outweighs the possible benefits. It’s the kind of criteria that makes the addition of a company like Huawei, the Chinese telecom that U.S. intelligence officials say represents a […]

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Senate Intelligence Committee wants DNI to investigate commercial spyware threats

The Senate Intelligence Committee quietly approved a measure last week that would require the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report to Congress on the threats posed by foreign governments’ and entities’ use of commercially available surveillance software. The DNI’s report, which would be sent to Congress 180 days after the Intelligence Authorization Act for 2021 passes, would include information on how the U.S. — and other countries — can work to reduce the threats of commercial spyware, including through export controls, diplomatic pressure, trade agreements, and work with the technology and telecommunications sectors to better secure consumers’ software. The committee wants the DNI to specifically address the threat posed to U.S. citizens, in addition to those living abroad or employed by the U.S. government. The report request comes nearly one year after the United Nations Special Rapporteur David Kaye called for a moratorium on the creation and sale of […]

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