A German regulator said it was launching security checks into some Chinese-made smartphones after Lithuania warned of built-in censorship and surveillance capabilities.
Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security told Deutsche Press-Agentur that several Chinese cellphones were under investigation, targeting the Huawei P40 5G, Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G and OnePlus 8T 5G. The office is under the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Communities.
The German intervention comes after European Union member Lithuania warned its citizens to stay away from Chinese cell phones.
On 21 September Lithuania’s Deputy Defense Minister Margiris Abukavicius said, “Our recommendation is not to buy any new Chinese phones and get rid of the ones you have already bought as soon as possible.” His advice is based on a report testing 5G mobile phones. From Chinese manufacturers, issued by the National Cyber Security Center.
The 32-page report covers detailed security risks, including personal data leakage, pre-installed apps, and restrictions on freedom of expression. Security flaws were found in 5G smartphones made by Chinese tech giants Huawei and Xiaomi.
Xiaomi Corp said on September 27 that it disputed the report and was engaging a third-party expert to assess the points raised.
One expert said the security risks are intentional.
National Taiwan University (NTU) professor Tsung-nan Lin said that Huawei is “an agent of influence of the Communist Party of China (CCP),” in an interview with The Epoch Times on 27 September.
“Huawei’s primary role is not a purely private company,” he said. “This is a firm with close ties to the CCP military, which is affiliated with the Chinese government.”
Lynn works for NTU’s Department of Electrical Engineering and the Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering with a focus on cyber security.
Lin confirmed that all Chinese smartphones should be placed under general suspicion. This would pose a huge national security risk after a large number of consumers’ privacy information was leaked, he said.
“Under domestic law, all Chinese businesses are required to report to the Chinese authorities,” Lin said. He warned that leaking personal information could lead to extradition to China in some cases. If users offend Beijing and live in a country or region that has an extradition treaty with China, they could send themselves away to face trial.
“There is a possibility that China-made communication equipment may pose a security threat to other end-user countries. Therefore, they may leave a hidden backdoor to serve the needs of the state.”
With widespread use of technological power, the CCP could rein in its more than a billion people and rival the United States for global hegemony in the 21st century, Lin said.
Luo Ya contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times