China could Cyber Attack UK without Huawei 5G

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All these days we have heard from cyber experts that China could launch cyber attacks if in case 5G equipment from Huawei is used in their network upgrades. But now, experts suggest that Beijing could find easier ways to attack the critical infrastructure of the UK, rather than using Huawei equipment.

 

In the meantime, Downing Street which houses the current Prime Minister of Britain Boris Johnson has given a ‘green signal’ for Huawei to use its 5G network equipment for the network upgrades.

 

And this solely happened after the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) gave a clean chit to Huawei after claiming that the cyber risks exhibited by the 5G equipment of the Chinese vendor were negligible.

 

Ciaran Martin, the Chief of NCSC stated publicly last week saying that Huawei placing backdoors in its equipment is of lowest risks as China can perform a major cyber attack on UK Telecoms networks if it wants to by other means.

 

Ciaran added that Huawei 5G network equipment will be monitored by NCSC in a timely manner and any anomalies related to the network equipment supplier will be treated accordingly. At the same time, the UK will also put in some efforts not to become dependent on a particular overseas supplier.

 

Note- NCSC has issued advice to telecom network operators to roll out 5G by upgrading their full Fibre networks in line with the government objectives.

 

Therefore, Chinese vendor Huawei has asked its Cyber Security Evaluation Center (HCSEC) nicknamed CELL to look into the development activities on a sincere note from now on.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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