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CIA Offers Proof Huawei Has Been Funded By China's Military And Intelligence

By Forbes

According to reports on Saturday, the CIA has shared evidence with agencies across the Five Eyes that Huawei has received funding from China's military and state intelligence. If true, this collapsRead full story

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  • China may not have laws to coerce a company into collaboration with the intelligence agencies. But it does have laws to imprison individuals that do not follow the political regime... And all it takes is one software developer.

    The other major contenders on the 5G race come from Sweden and Finland - democracies centered on respect for the individual...

    Whether Huawei does or does not take direction from government intelligence needs to clear a higher bar of proof than company statements.

  • Not surprised at all by this. All high profile technology companies out of China have either funding or direct links with the party. It's the way China has operated for centuries. This doesn't necessarily mean they did it to interfere but it surely comes with strings attached.

  • No big surprises here considering all major Chinese companies will be linked into the party. Gaining total assurance with any provider is very difficult. Ultimately we have to assume a dirty network regardless of the provider. Chinese or otherwise.

  • Lawrence Levy
    Lawrence LevyStudent

    It would be naive to assume Huawei would reject a Chinese military request to interfere with a foreign network if the circumstances required it. Similarly, I’m sure US agencies have tried to do the same, successful or not.

  • David vb
    David vb Design & Strategy

    Did everyone really forget already that Google’s Android was developed in collaboration with the NSA? It was even publicly admitted after it came out. — So this is no different.

  • Adrian Warr
    Adrian WarrManaging Director at Edelman

    If true this will be huge. And not just for Huawei.

    I have a slightly different view to one of the commenters below though (no offence meant). It’s not the way they have behaved for centuries. The party was only created in 1921 with the republic only created in 1949, and their form of capitalism is about 40 years old. It is this administration that has both opened up capitalist expansion and tightened state controls. The very problem here is that this is all so new for both sides, business and government

    If true this will be huge. And not just for Huawei.

    I have a slightly different view to one of the commenters below though (no offence meant). It’s not the way they have behaved for centuries. The party was only created in 1921 with the republic only created in 1949, and their form of capitalism is about 40 years old. It is this administration that has both opened up capitalist expansion and tightened state controls. The very problem here is that this is all so new for both sides, business and government. They are in new territory and learning painfully how to handle it. As are we in the West.

  • Did you know that Huawei has been suiting up heavily in Mexico? And I mean: HEAVILY.

  • Not shocking, but I wonder what kind of malware has been sleeping in some of the devices? Hope people who were rooted were smart about security...

  • As if Intel and Duetsche Bankand many other companies that do not wash their hands with human blood to be players in the war economy.

    Everybody is shaken that the great game which was to go from the west to east is actually reversing. And therefore to protect 'ideals' war is necessary.

    So dark the con of man.

  • Kalesh Menon
    Kalesh MenonFinance Controller at Ingredion Thailand

    Any business in China can be linked back to the Government, ownership or influence. Now CIA should should offer proof of mischief by Huawei to prove their case.

  • Weiyee IN
    Weiyee INChief Strategy Officer

    The bigger issue is not about government financing or even the threat of 5G security. No matter what the technology, the risk will always be there. The idea that hackers cannot get into American or European designed or built base stations is naive. The more important issue is understanding China's competitive advantage as a nation because of their prowess in networking, artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics. While the United States still does not have adequate upskilling or

    The bigger issue is not about government financing or even the threat of 5G security. No matter what the technology, the risk will always be there. The idea that hackers cannot get into American or European designed or built base stations is naive. The more important issue is understanding China's competitive advantage as a nation because of their prowess in networking, artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics. While the United States still does not have adequate upskilling or educational programs to properly address the challenges that are coming in a hyper-competitive digital world, China, Europe and even several Southeast Asian countries are gearing up to respond.

  • Sutjahjo Ngaserin
    Sutjahjo Ngaserin

    Forbes said "proof" of true share ownership that we don't see, and still no proof of backdoor. They should ask Snowden to check perhaps? 😀

  • Antonio Mensurado
    Antonio MensuradoDHL

    Australians been right all along ... they warned us ...

  • Henry Tobias Jones
    Henry Tobias JonesEditor of Dyson on: at Dyson

    Another twist in the modern spy plot. Gov’t agency backs gov’t and accuses foreign agents of being backed by foreign agency.

  • James Mango
    James Mango

    As opposed to US companies who run the government.

  • Mark Pappa
    Mark PappaCEO at Spatsapp,Inc

    Let's see how this effects trade negotiations. Advantage America.

  • That sounds a bit backwards, in China the Researchers get the big bucks and the Military benefits from “Their” Discoveries instead of the backwards way the USA does it! Well, not “exactly’, it’s Research money vs G.D.P. and all that, but... basically!

  • Shakima Williams-Jones
    Shakima Williams-JonesOwner at Love Movement LLC

    The Chinese government has a hand in every business that operates within its territory. We should not be surprised by this. I am however wondering why they allowed proof of this to be discovered.

  • Patrick Mayoh
    Patrick Mayohcommercial lead mtn cameroon

    Some US tech companies had financial support from the US government/intelligence services. This is fair game in the race for supremacy in the technology space.

  • That's like the pot calling the kettle black. The CIA funded 80% of the JFK conspiracy videos and literature since 1965. I believe nothing they spew. Or do I?

  • Samuel Schneider
    Samuel SchneiderMarketing Consultant at Nanogrande Inc

    Like this comment if you are surprised. (I hope this gets 0 likes)

  • Bryson  Curtin
    Bryson Curtin

    Not surprising in the slightest. With many Chinese companies, it can be expected that they receive significant government funding and support, both direct and indirect. The new Cold War will be, to paraphrase a famous line about Israel, just like the other ones but more so. New fronts are opening up (digital and space fronts), ones that we do not understand. The moves and countermoves will still have to be made with an eye of exerting America’s will in the areas we desire it to be exerted.

  • Daved Benefield
    Daved Benefield

    So where do we go from here?

  • Ai  Hong
    Ai Hong

    Who honestly believes the CIA. They see things through a PRISM. China has won the 5g race. Move on.

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