Britain will clear Chinese telecoms equipment firm Huawei to run a UK-based cyber security centre if it agrees to tighter rules to allay spying and hacking fears, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
Huawei supplies software and equipment which channels phone calls and data around Britain and has found itself at the centre of a debate, particularly in the United States, over whether it is a risk for governments to allow foreign suppliers access to their networks.
Crime-fighting and intelligence agencies in the UK and the US have begun monitoring users of encrypted, anonymising online networks – the dark web – in a bid to track down paedophiles posting images of children being sexually abused.
Back in August 2013, one of the myriad of documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden showed that several major telecommunications companies provided British intelligence with direct access to their undersea fiber optic cables.
Apple's legendary security standards have resulted in its fruity tablets being banned from British cabinet meetings.
According to British intelligence, Ipads are two easy for foreign spooks to hack and it does not think that it is a good idea to UK cabinet minsters to bring them to meetings.
British and US intelligence agencies managed to tap into the connections between data centers run by Yahoo! and Google, and in one month this year slurped 181,280,466 records, including metadata and the contents of communications, according to new documents from Edward Snowden.
A report dated January 9, 2013, from NSA’s acquisitions directorate, detailed the operation, dubbed MUSCULAR, in which operatives from the NSA and Britain's GCHQ tapped the fiber-optic transmission cables from the non-US data centers run by the two firms.