Huawei 5G Risk Can Be ‘Contained’

The UK security chiefs have said that the risk of using Huawei superfast 5G technology could be contained despite US warnings about opening the network to potential Chinese cyber-espionage. 

Alex Younger, The Head of MI6 Intelligence (pictured), recently talked about issues regarding Huawei Chinese company but said it was "a more complicated issue than 'in or out'". The US has reportedly been pressuring the UK and other allies not to use Huawei technology for critical infrastructure, arguing that it could be used by  the Chinese state when they spy.

Huawei has said its technology has already been used for parts of the 4G mobile network and that it is not owned by the Chinese government but, by its employees and not the Chinese government. But US, Australia and New Zealand are already blocking Huawei’s equipment as part of 5Gnetworks. However, GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre, says that the security risk from the Chinese government can be dealt with. 

The UK may be testing its own and Five Eye systems by not banning Huawei from supplying 5G technology. Talking in February at a security conference in Munich, Sir Alex Younger, the MI6 chief, said that the issues where complicated but that banning might not be necessary.

A NCSC spokesperson said: “The National Cyber Security Centre is committed to the security of UK networks, and we have a unique oversight and understanding of Huawei engineering and cyber-security.

“As was made clear in July’s Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) oversight board, the NCSC has concerns around Huawei’s engineering and security capabilities. We have set out the improvements we expect the company to make.

“The latest Annual HCSEC report will be published in the near future.”

In Britain, BT and Vodafone have already suspended the use of the company's components in their networks. Huawei, which is the world's biggest producer of telecoms equipment, denies that its equipment is a security risk.

Guardian

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