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Published 3 Years Ago on Wednesday, Nov 06 2019 By Inside Telecom Staff
By KELVIN CHAN AP Business Writer
LONDON (AP) — The European Union warned Wednesday that
next-generation telecommunication networks face a range of cyber threats,
including from hostile countries.
While steering clear of singling out Chinese tech company
Huawei, an EU security risk assessment identified “states or state-backed
actors” as the most serious and likely culprits to carry out sophisticated
attacks on new 5G networks.
The report didn’t name specific countries. It only briefly
mentioned Huawei as one of the main suppliers of 5G equipment, alongside
Finland’s Nokia and Sweden’s Ericsson.
Huawei, the world’s biggest maker of telecom network gear,
has been at the center of a furious geopolitical battle between the U.S. and
China. The U.S. government has been lobbying allies in Europe and elsewhere to
shun Huawei over concerns its equipment might aid Chinese electronic spying,
claims that the company has consistently denied.
Fifth-generation mobile networks will allow ultrafast
download speeds and less signal delay — advances that pave the way for
innovations such as self-driving cars, factory robots and remote surgery. But
5G technology will also depend more heavily on software, which brings new
security risks, the report said.
“Hostile third countries may exercise pressure on 5G
suppliers in order to facilitate cyberattacks serving their national
interests,” the report said.
It cited a possible risk scenario in which a “hostile
state actor” pressures a supplier “under its jurisdiction to provide
access to sensitive network assets through (either purposefully or
unintentionally) embedded vulnerabilities.”
At a briefing in Brussels, EU officials deflected repeated
questioning by journalists about why they couldn’t be more explicit in spelling
out whether Huawei posed a risk.
“I don’t think you can accuse us of ducking the issues.
The issues are spelled out pretty clearly,” said EU Security Commissioner
Julian King, pointing to the report’s section on “non-technical
He said they wanted to make a detailed, step-by step,
risk-based analysis rather than “jumping to conclusions.”
U.S. officials were given the opportunity to brief EU member
states as they carried out national risk assessments for the bloc-wide report,
said Minna Kivimaki, the deputy permanent representative from Finland, which
holds the rotating EU presidency, without providing more details.
Huawei said it welcomed the report.
“We are pleased to note that the EU delivered on its
commitment to take an evidence-based approach, thoroughly analyzing risks
rather than targeting specific countries or actors,” it said in a
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