UK Government Says Huawei's a Little Bit of a Risk to National Security

By Gary Cutlack on at

Another slightly different bit of the government, working to different parameters and probably sitting on different types of chair and fiddling with different staplers, has had a different opinion on whether or not Huawei is potentially enabling Chinese spies to steal all our amazing drafted tweets. And this group of security advisers has remotely changed the smart warning light bulb colour to red.

Previously, the UK National Cyber Security Centre said Huawei was probably fine and not likely to give the Chinese an "in" to disrupt our networks and steal our hottest selfies and national secrets. But. This more in-depth official report compiled by the standalone Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre has now warned that the mobile giant is in fact something of a possible risk to national security, and hasn't acted on previous warnings to beef up what are regarded as "underlying defects" in its network hardware and software.

The 2019 report says there are "...concerning issues in Huawei’s approach to software development bringing significantly increased risk to UK operators," warns that issues raised in 2018's report have not been fixed, and says rather damningly that it can "...only provide limited assurance that all risks to UK national security from Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s critical networks can be sufficiently mitigated long-term." [GOV via Wired]