New Zealand may have been presented with a model to follow in dealing with the Chinese giant technology firm Huawei. According to London’s “The Economist” Britain has struck an artful compromise on Huawei and 5G, even though many Americans and other friends of Britain will be appalled by its decision and fear the country is being naive and toadying up to China..
But, in an editorial, The Economist reckons the UK’s measured approach to dealing with the controversial Chinese firm is a model for other countries.
“Britain’s decision matters: it is a member of the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence-sharing alliance led by America, and was one of the first Western economies in which Huawei built a presence. Britain also has experience of electronic spying and knows Huawei well.
“Far from being a betrayal, Britain’s approach, of using the firm’s gear on the edges of 5G networks, under close supervision, offers a sensible framework for limited commercial engagement while protecting Britain’s security and that of its allies.” Continue reading “Spark will be cheered by endorsement of UK’s handling of the Huawei spying threat”
Two critical reports by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS), Cheryl Gwyn, have focussed on the practice of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies acquiring personal information about customers by seeking voluntary disclosure from NZ banks.
The IGIS’s role is to ensure NZ’s two dedicated intelligence and security agencies, the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) and the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), act lawfully and properly.
Until Parliament enacted a new law in 2017, the Intelligence and Security Act, the intelligence agencies could seek “voluntary” disclosure from banks of customers’ personal data.
Under the 2017 legislation the intelligence agencies are required to seek this kind of information under warrants of which there are two types. Continue reading “Spooks, banks and a difference of opinion about security and privacy”
Australian media have been reporting the Five Eyes alliance has broadened intelligence-sharing activities to Germany and Japan to combat China.
The increased cooperation by the alliance – Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the United States – is said to be a sign of a broadening international front against Chinese influence operations and investments.
According to the media reports, the enhanced cooperation amounts to an informal expansion of the Five Eyes group on the specific issue of foreign interference.
Perhaps coincidentally, the agency in NZ which processes the intelligence from its partners, the GCSB, has identified “a significant security risk” associated with Spark NZ’s application for the deployment of Huawei 5G equipment in the planned 5G Radio Access Network (RAN). Continue reading “Five Eyes are widened as the US sets sights on curbing Chinese influence”
Where’s John Le Carre when we need him? He would revel in the storyline which lies behind the statement of GCSB director-general Andrew Hampton this afternoon that he has informed Spark NZ “a significant security risk was identified”.
Hampton went on to say he would be saying no more:
“As there is an ongoing regulatory process I will not be commenting further at this stage. The GCSB treats all notifications it receives as commercially sensitive”.
So what was he talking about? Continue reading “‘Significant security risk’ stymies Spark’s Huawei 5G proposal”
The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) tells us it has established clear links between the Russian government and a campaign of malicious cyber activity targeting overseas political institutions, businesses, media and sporting organisations.
The bureau says New Zealand organisations were not directly affected by these malicious cyber activities.
“We are, however, seeing a range of activity in NZ that contains indicators which can be linked to Russian state actors. These incidents reinforce the need for NZ to have robust national systems to address cyber threats”.
Continue reading “This security statement should have come from one of our political leaders”