Huawei: 'No smoking gun' in US's 5G dossier

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The decision over whether or not to allow Chinese company Huawei to build 5G telecoms infrastructure has been much delayed and much agonised over.

Leaks cost one cabinet minister his job and the matter has divided the US and UK, two allies who are normally tightly bound on security issues.

The difficulty comes because it may well be one of the most consequential decisions that this government has to take. It involves conflicting interests that cannot easily be squared and future technological risks that cannot easily be predicted.

Sensing that the government may be heading towards allowing Huawei to operate in "non-sensitive" parts of the UK 5G network, Washington has intensified its lobbying campaign for the company's exclusion.

A delegation of senior US officials met with UK counterparts and ministers on Monday and presented a "dossier" of information claiming Huawei poses a national security risk.

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General election 2019: The mystery of the Russia report

  • 10 November 2019
  • From the section UK
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Image caption President Vladimir Putin has denied claims of Russian interference

A row has broken out over the publication of an intelligence report into Russian covert actions in the UK, with critics saying Downing Street is stalling on its release until after the election.

Chancellor Sajid Javid said the timescale for the publication of the report from Parliament's Intelligence Security Committee (ISC) was "perfectly normal".

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CIA unveils Cold War spy-pigeon missions

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Image caption The CIA thought pigeons could be used to spy against the Soviet Union

The CIA has declassified details of its secret Cold War spy-pigeon missions.

The files reveal how pigeons were trained for clandestine missions photographing sensitive sites inside the Soviet Union.

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Airport email scam thwarted by UK's cyber-defender NCSC

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Image caption NCSC staff protect the UK from cyber-attacks from their office in central London

An attempt to defraud thousands of people using a bogus email from a UK airport was one of a range of cyber-attacks prevented last year.

The scam used a fake gov.uk address, but the messages were prevented from ever reaching their intended recipients.

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‘Long-term security risks’ from Huawei

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Image caption Huawei's 5G antennas and masts are already being tested in the UK

The Chinese company Huawei has been strongly criticised in a report by the body overseeing the security of its products in UK telecoms.

The report, issued by the National Cyber Security Centre, which is part of GCHQ, says it can provide "only limited assurance that the long-term security risks can be managed in the Huawei equipment currently deployed in the UK".

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Could Huawei threaten the Five Eyes alliance?

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In the shiny, optimistic vision of the future we will all be living in "smart cities" in which self-driving cars will check the best routes after being charged up on intelligent, connected power grids.

Public services and safety will be carefully managed though data, while devices in our homes will talk to each other and the wider world as part of the "internet-of-things".

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UK vulnerable to Chinese interference, report says

  • 20 February 2019
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Huawei has said it is independent and gives nothing to Beijing, aside from taxes

The UK is vulnerable to Chinese influence and interference, according to a defence and security think tank.

A report from the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi) said it would be "naive" and "irresponsible" to allow Chinese tech giant Huawei to access the UK's telecommunications system.

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Alex Younger: MI6 chief questions China's role in UK tech sector

  • 3 December 2018
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Alex Younger returned to St Andrews University - where he studied - for his second public speech in his four years as MI6 chief

The chief of MI6 has raised questions over Chinese technology companies being involved in the UK's communications infrastructure.

Australia has already blocked Chinese company Huawei from supplying equipment for its 5G mobile network, and New Zealand has said it will consult before a final decision.

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Helsinki aftershocks jolt US security elite

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For a few days in July, a slice of America's national security elite decamps to the Rocky Mountains.

The dress code at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado is strictly casual - a tie would probably get you ejected.

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Amesbury: Novichok death increases pressure on investigators

  • 9 July 2018
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Dawn Sturgess died on Sunday evening after falling ill in Amesbury

The death of Dawn Sturgess may not significantly change the mechanics of the Amesbury poisoning police investigation - but it will increase the pressure surrounding it.

About 100 detectives are already working round the clock to try to establish how Ms Sturgess and Charlie Rowley were contaminated by the nerve agent Novichok.

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