Details sparse on new Trump order on telecom firms but ramifications huge

Posted by $ mminnick 1 year, 6 months ago to Government
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I had not heard of the EO. the article provides some good insight into what is going on.

"President Trump’s executive order to effectively ban telecommunications firms
Opens a New Window.
that pose a national security risk from the U.S. provides the federal government
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immense power to advance new prohibitions that could have significant ramifications for rural wireless providers, foreign carriers and large U.S. companies alike.
It could also serve to bolster the operations of what appears to be one of the main targets of the action and divide the U.S. from other developed nations.
The order is intended to be company- and country-agnostic, but experts say it is directly targeted at Chinese firms given the federal government has warned for years of the risks posed by Shenzhen-based Huawei Tech., one of the world’s largest manufacturer of smartphones and network equipment.
The Trump administration has indicated it could take a broad view of what constitutes a national security threat. Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity division, previously labeled the private sector in China “an extension of the government.” "

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  • Posted by CircuitGuy 1 year, 6 months ago
    I thought I read about US spying on Iran 10 or 15 years ago by having spyware installed in computers they ordered from US vendors. Computing is more decentralized now than then, so I imagine the threat is even worse. I would be surprised if most countries that produce computers and network equipment are not trying this.

    I've heard it described as a 5G issue, but that doesn't sound right to me. Vendors had a desire to come up with something they could call 5G long before they knew which technologies they would incorporate and brand as being part of "5G". But I think the threat is real, regardless what physical layer is used.
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    • Posted by $ 1 year, 6 months ago
      Most like did and I'm reasonably sure we did. Everybody spies on everybody.
      When I was active in the defense industry attended a briefing that listed the most dangerous countries for industrial espionage . as I recall it wnet something like
      Isreal, the EU, China, Russia, India and Mexico. Could have the order wrong but the contents are correct.
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