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European Commission warns of 5G cybersecurity threats from ‘non-EU’ states

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The 5G risk assessment the commission released Wednesday predicts an increase in the number of state-backed cyber attacks as 5G technology becomes more prevalent. The report comes short of singling out Huawei for its ties to the Chinese government, but notes that suppliers with a “strong link” to governments “where there are no legislative or democratic checks and balances in place” could present major security threats. It also flags the need to diversify so one supplier isn’t managing all aspects of a network, such as hardware, software and operations. (The Logic)

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Talking point: The EU has resisted calls to join the U.S. in banning Huawei from supplying equipment and infrastructure for its 5G networks. However, member countries may look to the commission’s report as justification for banning—or at least limiting—Huawei’s involvement. In response to the report, the EU will now build a “toolbox” to address the risks the commission identified, due by year’s end. Canada, meanwhile, is currently undertaking its own risk assessment on 5G, which will inform its decision on whether or not to ban Huawei.