Huawei technology, and potential spyware, will be everywhere at Beijing Olympics
Added 01-25-22 06:23:02pm EST - “Controversial technology firm Huawei will be omnipresent at the Beijing Olympics, despite U.S. warnings that the Chinese company's products could contain spyware.” - Washingtonexaminer.com
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Controversial technology firm Huawei will be omnipresent at the Beijing Olympics, despite U.S. warnings that the Chinese company’s products could contain spyware.
The Beijing Olympics selected China Unicom Beijing for the key communications role at the Winter Games, but the company has made it clear it is working closely with Huawei and relying upon Huawei technology for the event. Huawei, one of the global leaders in 5G wireless technology, has been deemed a national security threat by the U.S. government and is blacklisted. China Unicom Beijing’s parent company, China Unicom, has also been blacklisted in the United States for its ties to China’s military.
Beijing has pledged to provide open internet in venues and hotels during the games, dropping the firewall that blocks some Western services such as Facebook and YouTube. But many delegations, including Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Canada have warned athletes to keep their devices off Wi-Fi networks and even use burner phones. The U.S. has warned athletes their devices could be compromised with malicious software.
The selection of the blacklisted, Huawei-linked firm appears to have been made by China and not the International Olympic Committee, though the IOC itself has partnerships with Chinese companies linked to the Chinese government, implicated in using forced Uyghur labor in Xinjiang, and under U.S. scrutiny as national security threats.
Huawei in July touted that it and China Unicom Beijing “jointly deployed Super Uplink at more than 1,000 commercial sites in Beijing as part of their joint 5G Capital project,” which had launched in April 2020. Fan Liqun, the head of China Unicom Beijing's 5G co-construction team, directly tied the Huawei partnership effort to the Olympics.
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