New Concerns Over Chinese Cell Tower Spying

National Security Advisor O'Brien
National Security Advisor issues warning

Cell tower equipment sold and used around the world, including the U.S., provides a means by which a Chinese company can secretly tap into communications. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien says the White House has stepped up efforts to persuade allies to ban gear from the next-generation cellular networks sold by the Chinese company Huawei.

He told an Atlantic Council forum that Huawei can “access sensitive and personal information” in systems it sells and maintains globally. Their equipment is often cheaper than that of their competitors.

The company denies the allegations, saying it doesn’t have the capability to use the backdoor on the network.

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse isn’t buying it. “Trusted tech comes from trusted suppliers, and Huawei can’t be trusted,” he said, calling it a puppet of the Chinese government.

The House of Representatives has set aside a billion dollars to help cover the cost of replacing some of the Huawei equipment, but the bill has yet to get out of the Senate.

A year ago, President Trump said 5G might be one of the biggest buzzwords around, but he would like to see the U.S. move on to 6G “as soon as possible.” He tweeted, “American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind. There is no reason that we should be lagging behind.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray With Us…

  • For administration officials as they evaluate how to respond to the concerns raised about risk of Chinese digital espionage.
  • For American technology companies to bring more robust wireless networks to the U.S.

Sources: Los Angeles Times, NBC News Omaha


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