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Huawei, spying, and critical telecommunications network infrastructure


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So it seems the Harper government decided, reluctantly, not to let Huawei build any critical network infrastructure for Canadian government services. At least I think that is what they are saying.

The Americans recently decided the same thing, so I suppose Harper had to block Huawei as our two country's telecommunication systems are so intertwined.

I guess Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent stock is looking good right about now, after the US ban on Huawei.

The 60 minutes story on Huawei is pretty informative about how no US companies (or even Canadian companies, for that matter) exist that can make this 4G infrastructure components... Wow. Globalization has sure killed our domestic high tech industries.

Huawei probed for security, espionage risk - 60 Minutes - CBS News
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Bernnie Federko

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Former Canadian top security officials join call for Canada to nix ties to China's Huawei

Huawei, the Chinese smartphone and telecom giant, is coming under scrutiny from Ward Elcock, John Adams and Richard Fadden, three former top national security officials. They are sounding the alarm after the heads of the CIA, NSA and Defence Intelligence Agency told U.S. lawmakers that the company poses a threat to Americans. The U.S. spymasters are concerned about the ability to conduct undetected espionage using the company's smartphones and networks. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told The Globe that the company, which was founded by a former engineer in the People's Liberation Army, is being monitored and does not pose a risk to Canada's cybersecurity. In the past, Huawei has been accused of acting as an arm of China's Communist Party and of stealing Western technology.


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I don't have a Huawei. I use a different brand of smartphone. But when I bought my first smartphone, I saw that it just does whatever it wants. As soon as it gets access to the internet, it immediately starts to update, download, etc. All built-in apps often ask for access to personal information - my contacts, camera, video and so on. At first, I didn't like this, but then I understood that there's no point in worrying about it since all smartphones work this way.


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almost every cheap china smartphone android you find on amazon is also plagued with backdoors, that's not to say that the popular smartphones are any safer. Everyone gives app permissions to listen with the mic and use the cameras, and we have really no idea how much abuse happens.

Bernnie Federko

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Meng Wanzhou’s extradition case gets under way today

It’s a case that upended Canada’s relations with China and led to what critics called hostage diplomacy through the jailing of two Canadians. A little more than a year after her arrest at Vancouver’s airport, Huawei’s chief financial officer will head to B.C. Supreme Court today for the start of extradition proceedings.
China’s foreign ministry on Monday called on Canadian authorities to immediately set free Ms. Meng. The case could take years to play out, and the stakes are high – both for Meng and for the Trudeau government. Here’s a look at what to expect:

First steps: Meng’s lawyers will argue this week that the fraud charges she faces in the United States would not be a crime here because the case is linked to alleged violations of U.S. sanctions against Iran – the type of sanctions Canada dropped in 2016. If the Attorney-General’s department successfully defends against this, the next hearings will be in June.
Meng’s legal team: Despite Huawei’s position as the second-largest smartphone maker in the world, lead lawyer Richard Peck doesn’t use a cellphone. The 71-year-old is widely seen as the dean of British Columbia’s criminal-defence bar, Sean Fine writes. Expect a “low-key but very effective” style rooted in facts and reason, one lawyer said.
The stakes: The case is “definitely a defining moment in the bilateral relationship” with China, says Lynette Ong, a professor at the University of Toronto. Attorney-General David Lametti could opt to intervene to release Meng, but critics say that would send a message that the rule of law in Canada is no different from China’s.
Our editorial board’s view: “Washington had every reason to expect that Canada would honour an extradition request. But Ottawa had every reason to expect the U.S. to stand up against an attack on an ally, and on the American-led international order. Washington’s abdication has left Canada high and dry.”

Bernnie Federko

TRIBE Member
BCE, Telus pick European suppliers for 5G network gear, leaving Huawei role unclear

Two of Canada’s biggest wireless carriers announced they’re turning to European suppliers for gear to build their 5G networks. BCE Inc.'s Bell Canada announced it has struck a deal with Swedish supplier Ericsson and said it won’t be using Huawei equipment unless Ottawa permits it. Telus Corp., which said in February that it would launch its 5G service with Huawei gear, announced partnerships with Ericsson and Finland-based Nokia Corp. but did not back away from the Chinese company
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