Ex-Head Of The British Secret Service Allowed Hacker Revenge Because Of The Mayor Of London Against Huawei
China will not like London's decision to exclude the Chinese company Huawei from the project to create British 5G networks, and the UK should expect such retaliatory measures as cyber attacks. This assumption was made by the former head of the British government communications Center, Robert Hannigan.
"No doubt China will want to express its displeasure, but there's particular reason to think that will be in cyberspace. I think there will be a lot of sound and fury, it may not amount to that much in the end." The Independent quotes the former head of the intelligence service responsible for electronic intelligence and information protection of the British government and army.
"Chinese cyberattacks, cyber-attacks from Chinese territory are going on all the time, and we have witnessed discussions of this during the pandemic – attacks against scientific institutions and medical research centers. This is not new," Hannigan argued.
He also expressed concern because the UK was dependent on China, whose values, according to Hannigan, are "diametrically opposed to ours." According to him, "China wants to use its leverage, when it wants, against countries and individuals that it does not like."
According to Hannigan, the problem with Huawei and British 5G networks demonstrates "the failure of industrial policy in the West." In addition, he urged to think about the fact that China is investing in other technologies, such as artificial intelligence and robotics, and what it will lead to.
The day before, it became known about the decision of the British government to ban Huawei from participating in the deployment of 5G networks in the UK until 2027.
In response, on Wednesday, Beijing accused the UK of colluding with the US against Chinese companies.
British TV channel Sky News previously noted that such a verdict in London was influenced by US sanctions against Huawei when Washington tried to deprive the company of access to computer chips based on American technologies. Because of this, there were fears that Huawei will start using unreliable chips: as a result, the British national center for cybersecurity concluded about potential threats to Huawei's systems for the UK.
In 2019, Washington added Huawei to the list of companies that pose a threat to the national security of the United States, so in order to work with the Chinese manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, American companies must obtain the appropriate licenses.
At the same time, the US is trying to convince European and other allies to refuse to cooperate with Huawei.