White House applying pressure on companies and foreign adversaries to fight cyber criminals

In a statement US officials said, they are applying more pressure on foreign adversaries and on domestic companies to fight cybercriminals; the Biden Administration is considering all options, including a military ones, to counter the growing threat. The U.S. administration is looking at “all of the options,” to defend the United States against ransomware cyber…

U.S. Commerce Department further restricts Huawei’s access to U.S. chip design hardware and software

In a significant development, the Trump Administration announced that it will further tighten the screws on Huawei Technologies Co, and crack down on its access to commercially available semiconductors. The development underscores the U.S. Commerce Department’s intent to expand restrictions that were announced in May 2020 which were aimed at preventing the Chinese company from…

Trump issues executive orders to ban TikTok and WeChat in 45 days

In a significant development, U.S. President Donald Trump stated, the United States will ban China-owned ByteDance’s TikTok video-sharing app, and Tencent’s WeChat app, in 45 days. The development comes in the wake of the Trump administration stepping up efforts to purge “untrusted” apps, including Chinese ones, from its digital networks citing “significant threats” posed by…

U.S. industry groups push back proposed changes to U.S. export control regulations

Industry groups are pushing back proposed changes to U.S. export controls regulations which are aimed at curbing the sale of high technology chips to Chinese companies, highlighting the role played by chips in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Nine industry groups have urged U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to allow public comments before allowing the rules…

Pentagon expected to back additional tech export curbs on Huawei and China

The Pentagon is likely to back new U.S. restrictions on China’s Huawei Technologies, reversing its earlier stance to the proposal meant to further crack down on exports to the blacklisted Chinese company, said a source briefed on the matter. The Pentagon’s reversal is likely to make it much harder for U.S. companies to get around…

Special licenses for U.S. companies wanting to sell components to Huawei coming shortly

206 U.S. companies have applied for the special licence. In an interview with Bloomberg, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has stated, licenses for U.S. companies to sell components to Huawei Technologies Co will come “very shortly,”. Licenses “will be forthcoming very shortly” and that the U.S. government had received 206 requests. “That’s a lot of…

U.S. companies can sell non-blacklisted items to Huawei: U.S. Commerce Department

According to the U.S. Commerce Department, general merchandise with no “national security influences or consequences” can be sold to Huawei, which continues to remain in the Entity List. In a significant development, the U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross stated, the U.S. government will issue licenses to companies seeking to sell goods to China’s Huawei where…