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America Vs China! The USA Alleges Huawei to be a Technology Thief and Spy for China?

In view of recent reports, China and the US have taken their technology war to court. Now, the US firms allege that the telecom colossus, Huawei has been planning to rip them off of their technology for “decades”.

Hence, the American organizations decided to expand the premises of their lawsuit against the Chinese mega-company.

The prosecuting attorney mentioned that Huawei did indeed violate the terms of the contract with the companies of the US by stealing robot technology, trade secrets and such.

Per sources, Huawei has straightaway denied all the allegations and has cited that the US is merely threatened by the competition and hence are trying to run down the name of Huawei.

Per newspaper reports, the mega smartphone maker’s chief financial officer and the founder’s daughter are held captive in Canada, struggling against extradition.

According to sources, there are charges of fraud and “sanctions violations” on the founder’s daughter, which she has waved off and denied.

Huawei pretty strong-headedly is maintaining that this lawsuit and the charges on the company are trivial attempts at tarnishing the reputation of their company and attempts at depleting stakes of competition.

Per reports, the fresh accusations of the US against Huawei include trade secret embezzlement, racketeering and even sending spies to obtain confidential information.

Sources reveal, that the persecution attorney also said that Huawei with its stolen data cut both times and cost in the research and development for the company which helped it climb the steps faster than the others.

Per Huawei, the newer charges are just another way of bringing up older claims. Nevertheless, it doesn’t look like the US plan to withdraw their claims or the lawsuit in the near future or at all.

This technological rift has a strong possibility of transforming into a political dispute between America and China. The US is forcing countries like the UK to pull back their support from Huawei, continuing to say that the equipment could be used by China for spying.

Relations between China and the US are down a very flimsy and unpredictable road. All the same, the UK still continues its business ties with Huawei but with possible limits.

US Pressures Its Allies against the Usage of Chinese Firm Huawei’s Technology; Suspects the Products to Spy on Other Countries

The US pressures its allies to not utilize Chinese firm Huawei's innovation to assemble the new 5G networks as its authorities are worried that China could be utilizing the Huawei products to spy on different nations.

"It's a hugely complex strategic challenge," said GCHQ chief Jeremy Fleming, all the while giving accentuation on the requirement for better cyber-security practices in the telecoms industry. In spite of the fact that the National Cyber Security Centre - some part of GCHQ - said a few weeks earlier that any hazard presented by the company could be overseen.

The vast majority of the UK's mobile companies, for instance Vodafone, EE and Three are known to have been working with Huawei on 5G, yet as of now they are anticipating the results of a government review, due in March or April, that will further choose to decide whether or not they'll be permitted to proceed with it.

An on-going report from the Royal United Services Institute said it would be "naive" and "irresponsible" to permit Huawei the access.

 “We have to understand the opportunities and threats from China's technological offer - understand the global nature of supply chains and service provision, irrespective of the flag of the supplier. Take a clear view on the implications of China's technological acquisition strategy in the West, and help our governments decide which parts of this expansion can be embraced, which need risk management, and which will always need a sovereign, or allied, solution." Said Fleming in his speech at an event in Singapore.

Focusing on the requirement for more grounded cyber-security over the telecoms sector, Fleming stated: "Vulnerabilities can and will be exploited. But networks should be designed in a way that cauterises the damage."

Since 5G is critical to the UK government therefore in order to guarantee that Britain stays competitive as a country, as per Gartner senior research director Sylvain Fabre, “They are reviewing the situation, in a way that hasn't been done in the past, but it sounds like all options are still on the table," he told the BBC.

Meanwhile the US is seeking after criminal allegations against Huawei and its CFO, Meng Wanzhou. Talking at a round table at Portable World Congress in Barcelona on the 24th of February, Huawei's rotating chairman, Guo Ping, says that,

"Huawei needs to abide by Chinese laws and also by the laws outside China if we operate in those countries. Huawei will never, and dare not, and cannot violate any rules and regulations in the countries where we operate."

A New App That Can Help You Spy On Your Contacts via Whatsapp

There is no doubt that WhatsApp is hands down the most used instant messaging service today and there's no messaging app that can match it in terms of users on-board.

But unfortunately, the app has called for a host of hacks that basically allows a person to spy on any of their friends or family via WhatsApp without them having any knowledge of it.

This new creepy app  "Chatwatch"  helps an individual to do  this is by making use of the online or offline status feature of WhatsApp's to tell users how often their friends check the app and also estimates as to when they go to bed every day -- potentially making it an invasive app.

"Find out when they went to bed, how long they slept… Even compare chat patterns between people you know, and we will tell you the probability of them talking to each other during the day, using Artificial Intelligence," Chatwatch notes on its website.

Now what’s more distressing is that all this comes at a time when Facebook users are busy uninstalling apps they got connected with long ago via "Facebook log-in" after the social media platform, which also owns WhatsApp, was hit by a major data breach.

It's a creepy new trick that the app's developers hope will bring more attention to how Facebook handles our data, along with how other companies access and analyse it," tech website LifeHacker reported. "It's also likely that WhatsApp will find a way to block Chatwatch soon. So if you want to spy on your friends expose Facebook's privacy issues, you should try it soon," it added.

Chatwatch generally requires 24 hours before it can generate certain insights but even if you’ve disabled the ‘Last Seen’ feature in your account settings, it’ll still be able to figure out your WhatsApp activity quiet easily.

"Chatwatch" is currently available on Android platform and the developers are reportedly working on a web-based version as well. The app was first launched on iOS devices but it was later taken off from the Apple App Store. For reasons unknown to the website, it further adds that Apple has suspended their app from the app store, but they are working on a web version to launch as soon as possible, and appealing the decision with Apple.