“We’re taking this step because of vulnerabilities that need to be addressed by mobile carriers and our reliance on having a linked phone number for two-factor authentication (we’re working on improving this),” Twitter said. It added, “We’ll reactivate this in markets that depend on SMS for reliable communication soon while we work on our longer-term…

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported this week that Huawei technicians helped the two African governments intercept communications and social media activity of their opponents, while also tracking their movements. The article also reported that Huawei operated a video and cyber surveillance system in Algeria, which the company denied. Algeria’s foreign ministry did not respond…

The capability is enabled by the recently introduced 2-Step Verification (2SV) method that allows users to protect accounts with a security key built into their Android phones. Previously, the technology could be used to verify sign-ins to Google and Google Cloud services on Bluetooth-enabled devices running Chrome OS, macOS, and Windows 10, and can now…

John Suffolk told a committee hearing that Huawei has sought guidance from its attorneys to see if a Chinese law on domestic companies’ cooperation with the government on security matters could force it to conduct foreign intelligence work. The legislation has been cited by US President Donald Trump’s administration in its attempts to force governments…

The probe, reported by De Volkskrant newspaper, comes as a series of western countries weigh the risks of allowing the Chinese telecoms giant to become involved in the new 5G mobile phone infrastructure. Volkskrant said the AIVD refused to confirm the report. AIVD spokesman Hilbert Bredemeijer declined to comment, saying the spy agency “does not…

The Federal Communications Commission said that because of China Mobile USA’s ownership and control by the Chinese government, allowing it into the US market “would raise substantial and serious national security and law enforcement risks.” The decision brings the Chinese telecoms giant’s eight-year effort to crack the US market to an end, but was not…