Former Canadian security chiefs worry about Huawei's increasing presence in Canada

Former Canadian security chiefs worry about Huawei's increasing presence in Canada
Huawei was about to score a big coup by having Verizon and AT&T offer carrier versions of its Huawei Mate 10 Pro earlier this year. It was a surprise when both wireless operators decided at the last minute not to carry the high-end phone. Apparently, the U.S. government got to both companies to warn them about Huawei's alleged ties to the Chinese government. As far back as 2012, there was talk about Huawei and ZTE products sending data to servers owned by the Chinese government.

Now, that concern has migrated north of the border according to Canada's most widely read newspaper. The Globe and Mail says that three former directors of the country's top security agencies are recommending that the Canadian government cut all ties with Huawei. Ward Elcock, John Adams and Richard Fadden all agree with the assessment of the U.S. intelligence community that Huawei's smartphones and networking equipment could be used for spying. There is also concern that Huawei could discover trade secrets from U.S. companies working on next-gen 5G technology.


But the Canadian government is putting on its best imitation of Mad Magazine's Alfred "What, me worry?" Neuman. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told the Globe and Mail that the country is keeping an eye on Huawei and the company does not represent a cybersecurity risk in Canada. However, security experts say that Canada has not been as diligent as other countries, such as the U.K., when it comes to testing Huawei's equipment for its potential to assist in espionage.

source: GlobeandMail

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12 Comments

1. antroid

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

There is a concern with Chinese companies in recent years but lets not forget that other none Chinese companies have done that already, look what happen to Facebook, Google, Microsoft. I'm sure there are other companies that we don't know about them that are spying on us each and every moment.

10. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

Mainly Facebook at the moment. Proven to illegally misuse user data.

2. datagrab

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

At least I'm comfortable with Americans with Google, facebook, microsoft, Apple for my information. With china? Even if they're using Google's android? Nah.

6. Bondurant

Posts: 780; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I'd rather have China spy on my data and be cable of not hurting me than US spying and with capacity to hurt me.

7. iushnt

Posts: 3083; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

How is either of them hurting you?

12. datagrab

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Yeah communist spying on you. That'll sound good during the war. I'm not american btw. And how is either of them hurting you right now?

3. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

The difference is these companies are US companies. The US government has more control over US companies than a Chinese one. It's not like China makes easy for US companies to do business in it's territory.

4. Rangerboy505

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 09, 2016

Oh how I hate my country's government

5. Tziggy14

Posts: 623; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Yayyy. Looks like Canada is learning something from us.

9. mootu

Posts: 1449; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

No they are not. Read the article, 3 "former heads of security companys", that means they don't work there anymore, and most likely are not privvy to any supposed info the US has, even US companys are not privvy to this so called info. The Canadian Government has no problem with Huawei. Here in the UK our mobile network is built on Huawei technology, it has not been a problem and trust me our Gov. is good at rooting out that $hit. The US Gov knows there isn't a problem with Huawei, they are using the old "they are a threat to security" jargon to protect US firms such as Cisco as they cannot compete on tech or price with Huawei. Huawei are the world leaders in wireless tech by a country mile.

8. Papa_Ji

Posts: 812; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

For me Chinese are far better than Americans.

11. GeekOFW

Posts: 59; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

whoever owns Huawei or Honor devices, check your settings. There's a process running in the background named iMonitor. Google what it's for. Thank me later.

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