The ban risks agitating both China and the company – which is privately owned – and comes as concern grows in the UK, US and elsewhere about whether the company’s technology poses a long-term security risk. Britain’s intelligence agencies have taken a cautious approach to Huawei, but not called for a blanket ban. Jeremy Fleming, the director of spy agency GCHQ, argued last month that the UK needs to understand “the opportunities and threats posed” by Chinese technology. Serious attacks elsewhere include the Russian hacking of the Democratic party in the run-up to the 2016 US presidential election. “In 2016, HMRC was the 16th most phished brand globally, accounting for 1.25% of all phishing emails sent.
Source: The Guardian April 23, 2019 23:01 UTC