Text extract from: Martin, Alexander. “GCHQ discovered ‘nationally significant’ vulnerability in Huawei equipment.” Sky News.

“Cyber security analysts tasked with investigating Huawei equipment used in the UK’s telecommunications networks discovered a “nationally significant” vulnerability last year.

Investigators at the UK’s Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) found an issue so severe that it was withheld from the company, according to an oversight report published on Thursday…

There is a hypothetical concern that Beijing could purposefully design some kind of deniable flaw in Huawei’s equipment which it would know how to exploit – or that it could have been alerted to a potential attack vector once the issue was reported to Huawei.” https://news.sky.com/story/gchq-discovered-nationally-significant-vulnerability-in-huawei-equipment-12086688

Many western countries / companies view Huawei as an arm of the Chinese government and in some cases Huawei is banned from providing equipment in sensitive areas.

Essays on May 2021 TOK Essay Prescribed Title #2 must look at finding differences between change and progress. Consider a few examples in this RLE:

  • How Huawei interaction with the government can be viewed as change or progress depending on perspective
  • Whether tie-ins between governments and private companies in the area of IT security is change or progress
  • How the growth in size and power of Huawei can be viewed as change or progress depending on perspective