U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence told SolarWind hack affected 60 Microsoft customers

During a U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Microsoft Corp’s president Brad Smith stated, the company has notified 60 customers that their data was most likely compromised by hackers during a hacking campaign revolving around Texas-based software firm SolarWinds Corp. In prepared remarks, Smith told members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that…

No specific timetable for review of TikTok and other Chinese tech companies: White House

In a statement the White House said, the Bidden Administration has not set a specific timetable for reviewing TikTok and other issues related to Chinese technology companies; further, the administration is also not undertaking any new proactive new steps now. The development marks a softening of U.S. approach towards China. According to two sources briefed…

Britain bans Huawei 5G kit from telecom market citing unacceptable security risks

In a development that cements Huawei’s exit from Britain’ future telecom market, the British government has notified telecommunications companies operating in the country that after September 2021, they should not install any new Huawei 5G kit. The development is part of a broader push to purge Huawei’s equipment from Britain’s high speed mobile networks. Falling…

Britain’s Telecommunications (Security) Bill bans Huawei Technologies Co Ltd

In a significant development, the British government is set to pass a bill which will see British telecoms companies facing a fine of up to 10% of their turnover or $133,140 (100,000 pounds) a day fine, if they contravene a ban on using equipment made by China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. The Telecommunications (Security) Bill…

Brazil backs U.S.-led global alliance for Huawei-free 5G Network

In a significant development, the Brazilian government said it has backed Washington’s push to build a global alliance of Clean Network that excludes technology companies that are manipulated by governments including China’s Communist regime. The development came in the wake of Keith Krach, U.S. Under secretary of state for economic growth, energy and environment, advising…

China unveils financial incentives to boost adoption of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

On Monday, China finance ministry stated, it plans on rolling new policies to support hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in order to boost the industry’s supply chain and related technologies. China has emerged as the world’s biggest market for new energy vehicles (NEVs), which includes plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles as well as and hydrogen fuel…

Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi announces data security initiative

On Tuesday, in an interesting turn of events, China unveiled its global data security initiative to oppose data theft by using information technology to undermine key infrastructure, and forcing companies to store data generated overseas in their home country. In a statement, China’s State Councillor Wang Yi said, the initiative calls for tech companies to…

Global CEOs downsize physical office spaces, accelerate move towards digital workspace: KPMG survey

According to the results of a survey released on Tuesday, companies across the glove are moving their operations online so as to cut expenses related to office space and make recruiting and retaining staff part of their top priorities. The survey by accounting firm KPMG showed, 80% of business leaders had accelerated their digital expansion…

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…

FCC issues showcause notices to 3 state-controlled Chinese telecom firms

In a statement, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) stated, it is mulling options which include the shutting down the U.S. operations of three state-controlled Chinese telecommunications companies, due to potential national security risks. To this end, the FCC has issued show cause orders to China Unicom Americas, China Telecom Americas, and Pacific Networks Corp along…