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Huawei Suspended From Global Forum Aimed at Combating Cybersecurity Breaches

By The Wall Street Journal

September 27, 2019

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Huawei Technologies' membership in the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (First) has been suspended, following legal advice in the wake of revisions to U.S. export rules.

The global forum aims to encourage international cooperation in fighting cyberattacks, and the sharing of knowledge about vulnerabilities.

The suspension bars the Chinese company from participating in cybersecurity discussions and from using an automated platform for sharing information on malware; this could impede Huawei's ability to correct glitches in its own systems.

First said the temporary suspension was driven by U.S. policy to restrict technology exports from Huawei, which could apply to material shared on mailing lists, in the forum's working groups, and between members.

The Trump Administration claims China's government can direct Huawei to spy on its behalf, and is pressuring allies to rethink the company's role in delivering sensitive communications infrastructure, including 5G networks.

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