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Huawei receiving 1 million cyberattacks daily

Huawei Technologies Co., China’s tech giant, a leader in 5G mobile communications networks of the next generation, is experiencing approximately 1 million cyberattacks a day from both inside and outside China, a company manager said.

The cyberattacks threaten to snatch state-of-the-art 5G technology developed by the Chinese supplier, Senior Vice President John Suffolk recently said at one of the company’s facilities in Dongguan, Guangdong province.

Suffolk, who is responsible for cybersecurity, said Huawei has protected against most cyber attacks, but it has hit various old-type machines. He added that the company did not identify the origin of the attacks.

Early last month, Huawei said in a statement that President Donald Trump’s U.S. government had conducted cyberattacks to “infiltrate the intranet and internal information systems of Huawei.” Cyberattacks included a method of hacking of confidential information through transmitting an electronic computer virus, Suffolk added.

Huawei also purchased a lot of 5G patents. According to the company, it has concluded commercial contracts relevant to 5G technologies in around 170 nations and regions with about 50 operators in about 30 states.

5G technology will enable vast amounts of data to be transmitted at extremely high speeds, allowing telecommunications devices to be connected through the wireless network to almost all products and services, including military-related ones.

The U.S. has been pressing its partners, including Japan, to exclude Huawei from government contracts and has voiced concern that its goods may promote the Chinese government’s hacking activities.

Nevertheless, no evidence was found to suggest that the Chinese government stole confidential information from abroad by Huawei devices, which Ren Zhengfei, a retired Chinese military engineer, established in 1987.

Huawei is willing to work with foreign nations to address security concerns, Suffolk said, adding that the Chinese government has not received any invitation to share information from the firm.

Referring to Ren, Suffolk said, “If the Chinese government ever asked him to do something he thought was inappropriate, such as passing on data or building backdoors, he would blankly refuse to do that.” “If he were pressured to do that, he would close down the company,” Suffolk said.

Yet Chinese companies’ suspicions of espionage are unlikely to vanish shortly, considering that government and businesses have close ties in China, a nation that is effectively ruled by the Communist Party alone, foreign affairs experts say.

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