By Joseph Marks
Andy Purdy, chief security officer at Huawei
SAN FRANCISCO – The battle over Huawei is taking place face-to-face here as officials from the U.S.
After spending months trading jabs through the media – and in
Huawei’s Chief Security Officer Andy Purdy, in an interview on the sidelines of the RSA conference, insisted that the company is independent of Beijing – and that U.S.
Purdy, a former Department of Homeland Security official, squared off against one of the Pentagon’s top
Katie Arrington, the Pentagon’s top
“The recommendation was made to take Huawei out for
The conference comes at a tense moment for U.S.
So it's no surprise there
Huawei's offensive continued offstage at the conference considered a must-go for the 40,000 technology pros who gather annually. Purdy told me he spent a good part of the week walking the conference floor urging
“When you see the level of hostility in this toxic environment, you see people not thinking [things] through,” he said of Washington's moves against Huawei. “[Huawei] is going to be stronger because of this and America's going to be weaker and
Purdy is also pitching a transparency initiative in which Huawei and its competitors would publicly demonstrate their
He’s reaching out to think tanks and industry groups that might host the initiative he said. And if he doesn’t get any takers, Huawei plans to run a public transparency program on its own where it displays its
Officials from throughout government, meanwhile, lashed out at Huawei throughout the week,
“We haven't necessarily seen contracts cut yet, so I think there's still an opportunity to work with our partners,” Chris Krebs, DHS’s top cybersecurity official said. “We need to continue to push for a global market of trusted componentry in 5G technology.”
The Justice Department’s national security chief John Demers charged that some allies are overlooking Huawei’s
“Foreign countries have been less convinced,” he said. “But
PINGED, PATCHED, PWNED
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Officials were also required to sign the NDAs before receiving their share of $18 million in federal money to upgrade election systems after Russia's 2016 hacking attempts exposed vulnerabilities, Jeffrey reports. The NDAs, which public information experts described as “bizarre” and “unenforceable,” bar the officials from talking about any of the
State officials said the NDAs
The Mueller report revealed that Russian hackers breached computer systems in at least two Florida counties before the 2016 election, though the FBI has not disclosed which counties and didn’t tell state leaders there until after the report came out. The FBI recently changed its policy and said it will begin notifying both county and state-level officials about county-level election system breaches.
A man walks past a poster simulating facial recognition software. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo
Clearview gained notoriety last month when the New York Times reported it had scraped 3 billion images from the internet, including from Facebook, YouTube, and Venmo -- sometime in violation of sites’ terms of service. The company also sold access to that massive cache of images to help hundreds of state, local and federal law enforcement agencies solve crimes, including searching for missing and exploited children.
The hackers were able to view the number of user accounts Clearview customers had set up, and the number of searches they’d
A sample Maryland driver’s license.
Maryland has issued more than 275,000 such licenses to undocumented immigrants since 2013, when it became the first state on the East Coast to allow immigrants to obtain a license without providing proof of legal status. With this system, an ICE official could run a photograph of an individual through the system and see if it returns any potentially undocumented immigrants as a match.
"It’s a betrayal of immigrants’ trust for the [state] to turn around and let ICE run
PUBLIC KEY— A group of 27 current and former national security leaders and top government and military officials sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai this morning, applauding his plan to release more mid-range spectrum that will help U.S.
It was sent by 5G Action Now, an organization led by former Republican House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers. Signers of the letter include Rogers, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former DHS chief and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge.
— Nearly three-fourths of 700 state and local government employees surveyed by IBM’s security
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