A German regulator says Lithuania is launching a security investigation into some Chinese-made smartphones after warning of built-in censorship and surveillance capabilities.
Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security told Deutsche Presse-Agentur that a number of Chinese cellphones targeting the Huawei P40 5G, Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G and OnePlus 8T 5G are under investigation. The office is under the Federal Ministry of Interior, Buildings and Communities.
German intervenes after EU member Lithuania warns its citizens to stay away from Chinese cellphones.
“Our recommendation is not to buy a new Chinese phone and get rid of the ones you bought as soon as possible,” Lithuanian Deputy Defense Minister Margiris Abukevicius said on September 21. From Chinese manufacturers published by the National Cyber Security Center.
The 2-page report details security risks, including leaks of personal information, pre-installed apps and restrictions on freedom of expression. 5G smartphones made by Chinese tech giants Huawei and Xiaomi have been found to lack security.
Xiaomi Corporation said on September 27 that it opposed the report and was hiring a third-party expert to evaluate the points raised.
One expert said the security risk was intentional.
Professor Sung-nan Lin of the National Taiwan University (NTU) said Huawei was an “influential agent of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)” in an interview with The Epoch Times on September 2.
“Huawei’s primary role is not entirely that of a private company,” he said. “It is an organization with close ties to the Chinese government’s allied CCP military.”
Lin works for NTU’s Department of Electrical Engineering and the Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering, focusing on cyber security.
Lin confirmed that all Chinese smartphones should be kept under general suspicion. He said it would pose a huge national security risk if a large number of consumer privacy information was leaked.
“Under domestic law, all Chinese businesses must report to Chinese authorities,” Lin said. He warned that leaking personal information could lead to extradition to China in some cases. If users are dissatisfied with Beijing and live in a country or region that has a repatriation agreement with China, they could face justice.
“There is a possibility that Chinese-made communication devices could pose a threat to the security of other user countries. Thus, they can leave a back door to meet the needs of the state.
Lin added that with the widespread use of technological power, the CCP could pull its reins on more than one billion people and compete with the United States for global dominance in the twenty-first century.
Luo Ya contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times