Tag Archive: Government

The U.S. government is handing out malware-infested phones to the poor

The phones were provided as part of the Lifeline federal aid program for low-income households.

What you need to know The U.S. government provides funding for discounted phones and phone service to low-income consumers. However, according to research by security experts, some of the phones distributed as part of the program contained Chinese malware. One of the pieces of malicious software was found to be in the phone’s settings app, leaving it virtually unremovable.

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Huawei denies report of special treatment by Chinese government

Huawei says it’s treated like all other tech companies in China.

What you need to know In a report published on December 25, The Wall Street Journal claimed that support from China greatly aided Huawei’s rise in the global market. Huawei claims it receives no special treatment and is under the same rules as other tech companies. Huawei says that the report has seriously damaged its reputation, and it may take legal action.

Once again, Huawei is  [Read More…]

FCC vote bans buying telecom equipment from Huawei with government funds

The ban also includes purchasing from ZTE.

What you need to know The FCC decided in a unanimous vote to ban the use of the Universal Service Funds to purchase equipment from Huawei and ZTE. The Universal Service Fund consists of $ 8.5 billion which is used to help provide service to rural areas, libraries, and schools. Congress is considering legislation which would provide funds to replace the existing equipment from Huawei and ZTE.

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The U.S. government is delaying its Huawei ban for another three months

The ban will now come into effect on February 16, 2020.

What you need to know It has been nearly six months now since Huawei was added to the U.S. Entity List. The ban effectively forbids the company from having any dealings with U.S. companies. Following two previous reprieves, the company is being granted another 90-day stay on the ban.

The ongoing feud between Huawei and the U.S. government is fraught with ups and downs. After the  [Read More…]

Huawei employees caught intercepting messages to spy for Ugandan government

Huawei execs apparently didn’t know this was going on.

What you need to know Some Huawei employees were caught intercepting messages for African governments. The messages were used to spy on political opponents in Uganda and Zambia. Huawei executives were apparently unaware that this was taking place.

Huawei has faced a lot of criticism over the last year regarding its potential security threat to certain countries around the globe, and thanks to a new report from The  [Read More…]

FedEx sues the U.S. government over the Huawei ban

The mishandling of Huawei packages has put FedEx in danger of being added to China’s Unreliable Entities List.

What you need to know FedEx is suing the U.S. government over enforcing the ban on Huawei. FedEx faces the possibility of being banned by China. A Huawei spokesperson says the company is not currently using FedEx or UPS.

The latest fallout from the U.S. ban on Huawei now involves a lawsuit between FedEx and the U.S. government. The  [Read More…]

Huawei goes on offensive, sues U.S. government over hardware sales ban

Huawei is trying to turn the tide in its fight against the U.S. government’s ban on its network equipment, which has effectively shut down the company’s sales in the country. During a press conference in Shenzhen on Thursday morning, the company announced that it is suing the U.S. government in order to attempt to overturn the ban, which was effected in August of last year as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. The Act specifically names Huawei and its  [Read More…]

Huawei founder denies spying on U.S. for the Chinese government

Ren Zhengfei also gave praise for President Donald Trump.

Throughout all of 2018, Huawei was placed under heavy scrutiny from the United States government over concerns that the company was using its technology to spy on the U.S. and provide information to China’s Communist Party.

Now, for the first time in over four years, Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei has made a public statement to international media.

At a roundtable meeting in Shenzhen, Zhengfei said:

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Japanese government is the latest to ban Huawei network equipment

Japan follows the U.S., Australia and New Zealand in banning Huawei network equipment.

The hits just keep on coming for Huawei: earlier this week, BT announced that it would be removing Huawei equipment from “key areas” of its 4G network. A week before that, New Zealand blocked the sale of Huawei equipment to regional carrier Spark, saying it identified a “significant network security risk.” New Zealand also said it will not use Huawei equipment for its 5G  [Read More…]

Google ‘inadvertently’ added a government helpline number to contact lists of all Android phones in India

Google apologizes for coding a government agency’s number into all Android phones in India.

Over the course of this week, several Android users in India took to Twitter over the mysterious appearance of a government helpline number on their devices. The number in question is the toll-free helpline (1-800-300-1947) for the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the government agency that oversees the Aadhaar biometric identity program.

The agency’s number seemingly popped up on all Android phones  [Read More…]