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Important to block ‘high-risk’ vendors like Huawei from 5G infrastructure, says Australia’s cyber affairs ambassador

Screenshot from ORF event on international 5G conflict.
Screenshot from ORF event on international 5G conflict.

Should all countries ban Chinese tech from their respective 5G infrastructure? Does Chinese 5G tech really pose threats to the national security of other countries? Panelists speaking at an event at CyFy, an annual cybersecurity conference organised by think tank Observer Research Foundation (ORF), seemed to agree on both these questions. Tobias Feakin, Australia's Ambassador for Cyber Affairs and Critical Technology, felt that it was imperative of countries to block "high-risk" vendors such as Huawei from working on their 5G infrastructure, in spite of an initial increase in costs. He said that countries can't work with a companies they don't have any "faith" in. Izabel Albrycht, chair of the Poland-based NGO Koscciuszko Institute, signalled that "like-minded" countries — democracies — such as the US, EU-NATO countries would do well to prevent companies like Huawei from snooping in their jurisdictions. It…

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