Another Huawei executive arrested for espionage allegations

Another Huawei executive arrested for espionage allegations
Huawei just can't seem to get out of hot water these days. First, the company was barred from selling its flagships in the USA, with authorities giving out warnings to friendly countries that they should ban the China-based company's devices as well. Then, Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who also happens to be the daughter of the company's founder, got arrested in Canada, allegedly due to being linked to illegal equipment sales in Iran. And now, the director of Huawei's branch in Poland has also been detained, reportedly on allegations of espionage.

The details on the arrest are still a bit murky. According to the reports, two people have been detained — a Chinese national who is a Huawei employee, and a Polish national who is a former agent of the international security agency and is currently involved in the "cyber business". Apparently, the arrested duo will be held for three months.

Why does everyone hate Huawei?


The Chinese company has been growing its presence on the global markets extremely fast over the past couple of years. But, as its market share grew, so did concerns. Allegedly, Huawei has close ties with the Chinese government and many officials fear that the company is not acting as a private entity. Since it is a distributor of telecommunication devices, speculations say it may very easily be used as a data syphon by Chinese spies.

It's not all about phones



Huawei technologies are used as primary components in mobile operator networks worldwide. When you see headlines about multiple countries worldwide looking to cut ties with Huawei, it's often news about the currently-under-development 5G networds. Since the espionage allegations arose, Huawei components are seen as a liability and carriers are being advised to look at other suppliers for their mobile data equipment needs.

Currently, Huawei's 5G tech is either banned in or being considered to be banned in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and India. The company is still negotiating with the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and France who are under pressure by their allies to also ban it. The countries, however, are willing to give Huawei a fair chance, if its equipment production and distribution follows strict security protocols.

As you may have guessed, this whole situation is pouring gallons of fuel in the fire known as the US-China Trade War and is also one of the main reasons why Apple's latest iPhones were boycotted in China.

Is my Huawei phone secretly spying on me?



There has been a lot of speculation that Huawei could have some form of spyware baked into the custom software that it ships its phones with. The company, of course, denies this, saying that it has absolutely no interest to compromise its position on the markets by disgruntling its users and fans.

No concrete evidence about spying has been found, some inquisitive users have been able to find data (1, 2) on Huawei pre-installed apps communicating with servers without being requested to. This could be a red flag or it could just be diagnostic / marketing data. It usually is the latter in these cases. OnePlus was "caught" of doing the same and the company's official statement on the matter was "data diagnostics". So... that's where we are at — a lot of fingers are being pointed, nothing is being proven.

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17 Comments

1. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

This is getting ridiculous.

7. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

As ridiculous as this article. There is no "real" boycott of the iPhone in China. This is all propaganda. 33% of the world's iPhone users are in China. Apple profits (not quantities sold) more from China than any other Chinese phone companies combined. Apple might not be doing as well this year because: 1) price too high relative to people's income and competition. If Apple reduced their price in half, all Chinese brands will go out of business. Repeated market research in China conducted by both domestic/foreign showed the most welcomed and demanded smartphone brand in China is BY FAR Apple. This has never changed since the iPhone released in China. 2) not enough has changed in the current gen vs the X. Asian countries care alot about new looks and new features 3) Chinese has been suffering great economic casualties by the onslaught of US economic aggression. Not only Apple but almost everyone doing business in China, whether foreign or domestic took a hit. During our own recession 10 years ago in the US, many shops/companies had to close down because people weren't buying.

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The first link, the culprit was a pre-installed Cheetah mobile app (news site) which just got updated news headers. No biggie, uninstall the app and it was gone. The second one is trickier since it connects to Baidu network, but that is like a Chinese version of Cloudflare and could be anything.

3. Gryffin

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

India has permitted 5G trials by Huawei.

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I'm starting to think there might be some truth to the spying, too much is happening for there not to be a grain of truth about all the allegations against Huawei.

6. Truthalltime

Posts: 40; Member since: Dec 08, 2018

The NSA spied on everyone (might still be) but it was all brushed away as if it were nothing... I'm smelling a totally different type of rat, conspiracy.

8. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1473; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It's a known fact the NSA and CIA can hack into any device the world over, regardless of the make or model. Same goes for many other security agencies the world over. So why would a company like Huawei purposely resort to allowing their devices and equipment to be used as spy tools as it would be so easily discovered and the brand boycotted the world over? It doesn't make sense and there's zero proof. It's a protectionism matter, ZTE was becoming the third biggest smartphone brand on US soil and its networking equipment was used by American service providers for years without a single national security worry, the money was pretty much going straight to China however. Huawei wanted to push in to take ZTE's place and got shut down too. This is a money matter, not a security matter, pure and simple.

5. Busyboy

Posts: 738; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

"Currently, Huawei's 5G tech is banned in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, and India." Sadly, Canada has not banned Huawei from selling 5G equipment to telecoms. I really wish they would, while simultaneously stripping out the 4G Huawei equipment here too.

9. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1473; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Why? There's absolutely nothing wrong with their equipment?

10. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I guess Huawei is off the hook folks. We should believe this guy over multiple governments.

11. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Good. Lock all commie spies up.

16. Taphius

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

Hurts me because I loved my Huawei phones, but something is going on if FVEY is banning their telecom equipment

12. may_czos

Posts: 956; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

UPDATE: Huawei executive was arrested for his "misbehaviour" in his private time and it has nothing to do with his function at Huawei.

13. Godlymansean

Posts: 339; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Hard to say. Easy for people to believe they wouldn't be doing anything illegal/spying/espionage/whatever, but honestly we don't know.

14. monkeyb

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

@Preslav: you might want to check your post regarding India. Last I read India had no apparent problems with Huawei and is allowing them to run theor 5G operations in India.

15. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Total hack article! When the Polish authorities released this info they also stated that this has nothing to do with Huawei and that the two people arrested were acting individually, it's looking as though the 2 suspects stole some sort of sensitive info and touted it around for sale. The author omitted that info as it doesn't fit in with his "Huawei are spies narrative". Then theres the Huawei flagships are barred in the USA lie, No they are not barred, the US Gov pressured carriers not to supply Huawei phones, they can if they want to but they would most likely end up losing government subsidies, it's basicly blackmail. Also Huawei / Honor hansets are available at many US retailers. Then there's the implication that spyware has been found on Huawei phones, well no spyware has ever been found on Huawei handsets and lots of very smart people have been trying to prove otherwise since 2012. And lastly Canada and India have not caved in to US pressure to ban Huawei equipment in it's networks.

17. Mels13

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 23, 2014

Poland is Washington oligarchs colony .Poland licks USA ass so badly they would sell own mothers if Usa ordered.Huawei rejected Usa to install cia and fbi spy programs as apple and google do that's why there is so big anti Huawei propaganda.

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