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Poland: Huawei exec, Polish security expert spied for China

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  1. Bismarck

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    Poland: Huawei exec, Polish security expert spied for China

    Poland has arrested a director at the Chinese tech giant Huawei and one of its own former cybersecurity experts and charged them with spying for China, authorities said Friday.

    The development comes as the U.S. is exerting pressure on its allies not to use Huawei, the world's biggest maker of telecommunications network equipment, over data security concerns.

    The two men — one a Chinese citizen who was a former envoy in Poland before moving over to a senior position at Huawei and the other a Pole who held several top government cybersecurity positions — were arrested Tuesday, according to Poland's Internal Security Agency.

    Polish security agents searched the Warsaw offices of Huawei and Orange, Poland's leading communications provider, where the former Polish security expert recently worked, seizing documents and electronic data. The homes of both men, also in Warsaw, were also searched, according to agency spokesman Stanislaw Zaryn.

    It's the latest setback for Huawei in Europe, where the company has ambitious plans to roll out next-generation "5G" mobile networks, which it is a leader in developing. The arrest is a fresh sign that a U.S. dispute with China over its ban on the company is spilling over to Europe, Huawei's biggest foreign market.

    Some European governments and telecom companies are following the U.S. lead in questioning whether using Huawei for vital infrastructure for mobile networks could leave them exposed to snooping by the Chinese government.

    Maciej Wasik, deputy head of Poland's Special Services agency, said the operation that resulted in the arrests of the two suspects had been underway for a long time. He said "both carried out espionage activities against Poland."

    Zaryn told The Associated Press that prosecutors have charged the two men with espionage, but agents are continuing to collect evidence and interview witnesses. Further indictments are expected, he said.

    He said no further details would be released about the case because it is classified and the investigation is ongoing.

    Polish state television TVP reported that the men have proclaimed their innocence, but Zaryn said he could not confirm that. If convicted, they could face up to 10 years in prison each.

    TVP identified the arrested Chinese man as Weijing W., saying he was a director in Poland at Huawei. It said he also went by the Polish first name of Stanislaw and had previously worked at the Chinese consulate in Gdansk.

    A LinkedIn profile for a man named Stanislaw Wang appears to match details of the man described by Polish television.

    Wang's resume said he worked at China's General Consulate in Gdansk from 2006-2011 and at Huawei Enterprise Poland since 2011, where he was first director of public affairs and since 2017 the "sales director of public sector." The resume said he received a bachelor's degree in 2004 from the Beijing University of Foreign Studies.

    State TV identified the Polish man as Piotr D., and said he was a high-ranking employee at the Internal Security Agency, where he served as deputy director in the department of information security, until 2011.

    The Polish state news agency, PAP, said the man had also held top cybersecurity positions at the Interior Ministry and the Office of Electronic Communications, a regulatory body that oversees cyber and other telecommunications issues.

    It said, while at the Internal Security Agency, he was involved in building a mobile communications system for top Polish officials, and he was fired in 2011 amid a major corruption scandal.

    Geopolitical tensions over Huawei have intensified since Canada arrested a top executive last month at the request of U.S. authorities. The company has been blocked in the U.S. since 2012 over fears that its equipment is a security risk, and last year Australia, New Zealand and Japan instituted their own bans against using Huawei.

    U.S. officials have reportedly fanned out across Europe recently to make their case with governments and Huawei suppliers for blocking the company.

    The company and analysts have long maintained that it has never been found guilty of a cybersecurity breach but the latest accusation, if confirmed, will deal a blow to that defense.

    "One thing is clear: this is another nail in the coffin of Huawei's European ambitions," said Thorsten Benner, director of the Global Public Policy Institute, a think tank.

    The arrest might not have a big impact on broader trade tensions between China and the U.S., but it shows that "there will always be competition and acrimony related to Chinese tech companies," Benner said.

    Huawei, which also makes smartphones and other consumer devices, issued a statement from its Chinese headquarters saying it was aware of the situation in Poland and was looking into it.

    "We have no comment for the time being. Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where it operates, and we require every employee to abide by the laws and regulations in the countries where they are based," the statement said.

    Poland is Huawei's headquarters for Central and Eastern Europe and the Nordic region.

    An official at the Chinese Embassy in Warsaw said China attaches "great importance to the detention" of the Chinese citizen in Poland and that Chinese envoys had met with Polish Foreign Ministry officials to urge them to arrange a consular visit "as soon as possible."

    Orange Poland told the AP on Friday it was cooperating with Polish security services in the case and had "handed over belongings of one of our employees" in Tuesday's search of its offices. Orange told the AP it did not know if the suspicions against its employee were related to his work at Orange or elsewhere.

    Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested Dec. 1 in Canada in connection with U.S. accusations that the company violated restrictions on sales of American technology to Iran.

    The United States wants Meng extradited to face charges that she misled banks about the company's business dealings in Iran. She is out on bail in Canada awaiting extradition proceedings.

    https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/poland-charges-huawei-manager-spy-spying-china-60310771
     
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    Fake news or double agent. Poles are not reliable for China. Ever.

    This has raised concerns that Huawei could be asked by the Chinese government to incorporate “backdoors” into their equipment, which would allow Beijing access, for spying or sabotage purposes.
    You mean like the spyware that is windows 10?

    Windows 10 is possibly the worst spyware ever made
    Buried in the service agreement is permission to poke through everything on your PC.

    https://www.networkworld.com/articl...-privacy-spyware-settings-user-agreement.html
     
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    To be fair Microsoft is doing what Google and facebook are doing
     
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    Bill Gates and many of the USA tech executives are waiting to be arrested as well.

    The dark period of the world tech.
     
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    5 eyes is the world's biggest spy apparatus
     
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    The tech world is so aware that Windows 10 is spyware, they had to build a non-spyware Windows 10 for the Chinese because the West has low standards since they are continually be spied on and monitored by 10-15+ intel agencies (why not Microsoft and other corporations too). China refuses to be spied on, so we have all these zionist Western psy-op articles on how China is spying on you.

    The made for the Chinese non-spyware version of Window 10:

     
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    long_ SENIOR MEMBER

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    Poland?
    What can we get from Poland?

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    Trump should give him a chair
     
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    I dont know why poles always like to be make use of american. First they agree to have the US ABMS install on their homeland which incurred the wrath of Russian pointing nuke at poles. If shooting war started, the first to get nuke is Poles and not American.

    Same as this situation, by damaging ties with China. It will slow down Poles economy and not to mention slow Poles 5G advances.

    It seems Poles loves to be a cannon fodder of american while enjoy zero benefit from american. Do they have pride? No...
     
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    Quite honestly they have decided to target Huawei not to let them a world's leading player of communication. If markets are dried of Huawei product, then the company would struggle as the margins are high in developed countries.
    And for some reason, whether within its power or not, Huawei keeps getting caught in spy scandals. It needs to come clear on CHinese government stake in Huawei. Its a not a bad product by any length.
     
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    The Poles I know of are military lug-heads. Fit for going door to door shooting pets and shooting civilians and yelling at the same time: 'we are here for your freedoms'.

    Poles like to be 'cops'. And be damn any truth when an investigation goes on. Any position where the Pole has 'authority' to have a boot on your head crushing you to the ground is what Poles like to do. It goes back to their 'military pride'.

    They fit into the ''white' nationalist' vs Middle Easterners and China perfectly.

    Been creating fake news stories for many years.

    https://defence.pk/pdf/threads/huawei-spies-for-china-former-nsa-director-says.265657/
     
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    They are like many countries brainwashed by the so called freedom and right promised by american and the hollywood script which keeps repeating in their view. They reached a stage where they just take orders from american and totally disregards their own interest and welfare of their nation and citizen. They are letting themselves make full use and sacriface as lamb for american imperialism. Its so sad.
     
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    :cuckoo::cuckoo:
    You know nothing about huawei
     
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    Since you are chinese care to share the ownership structure of very own Chinese company Huawei?
     
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    Its on their website. Go google yourself.
     
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    Lol. I have seen it. Even rating agencies arent sure. Majority of shareholders belong to Chinese Huawei workers, but they arent intimidated about their potential stocks. Who represents them in board meetings? Another mystery. How much share does the founder has? His daugher has. Another mystery.

    I was actually defending Huawei. But if you feel like to target me with your Chinese arrogance, feel free.
     
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