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Hidden Backdoors in Huawei-supplied Vodafone Equipment Found

Hidden Backdoors in Huawei Chips for Vodafone Found

It was last quarter of 2007 when Huawei and Vodafone strategic partnership started, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. sends equipment to Vodafone, like routers. Since then, this strategic partnership has led to many more other opportunities, including the recently announce 5G network project.

But the same as usual friendship stories, Huawei and Vodafone has faced some compromising situations.

Back in 2009 when Vodafone initially found some bugs in Huawei routers, the Chinese-giant tech company immediately took an action and made sure that the issue has been fixed. And true enough, business went back as usual. Hidden Backdoors in Huawei devices are rampant and has been criticized by the United States.

But according to Bloomberg report, in 2011 and 2012 there are some backdoors that were found by Vodafone from the Huawei equipment. Particularly, in 2011, Vodafone, Italy, revealed that upon further penetration testing and checking, there are backdoors identified in some parts of its fixed access network known as optical service nodes, which are responsible for transmitting internet connection over optical fibers. In 2012, another identified backdoor found on other parts called broadband network gateway, which are responsible for user authentication and access to the internet. According to reports these vulnerabilities were also present in United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal and Germany.

Backdoors are their entry on committing Cybersecurity crimes

Hidden Backdoors in Huawei Chips

Backdoors, in cybersecurity terms, is somewhat like a hidden program, it bypasses security controls to access systems. These backdoors were actually common to software program for legitimate uses, for example, providing manufacturers in restoring users’ password.

Thus, this issue raises concern about potential unauthorized access to users’ information. But both Vodafone and Huawei assured that these vulnerabilities has been resolved the same year it was discovered. Hidden Backdoors in Huawei are blatantly used by some hackers

The United States on the other hand, alongside some other countries have already banned Huawei products due to some security concerns. Joining the United States were Australia, Japan and Taiwan.

The ban from the United States were based on the allegations of the Trump administration, that these equipment might invite some espionage from the Chinese State, and trying to persuade other western countries to block Huawei’s equipment as well. And so Canada and New Zealand were most likely to follow the step. But the Chinese tech-giant Huawei has denied the allegations, saying that they have nothing to do with the Chinese government.

With this, Vodafone, Europe’s largest telecommunication company, said that they are opposing the banning of Huawei’s equipment saying that Washington should prove their allegations. This amid the race for 5G network technology projects that Huawei and Vodafone signed for a strategic partnership. Europe is Huawei’s largest market outside China.

According to the company statement from Vodafone,

“In the telecoms industry it is not uncommon for vulnerabilities in equipment from suppliers to be identified by operators and other third parties, Vodafone takes security extremely seriously and that is why we independently test the equipment we deploy to detect whether any such vulnerabilities exist. If a vulnerability exists, Vodafone works with that supplier to resolve it quickly.”

Vodafone

On the other hand, Huawei issued a statement saying. “Like every ICT vendor we have a well-established public notification and patching process, and when a vulnerability is identified we work closely with our partners to take the appropriate corrective action.”

Huawei’s Android License Revoked by Google – updates

Google Android Banned Huawei - Huawei’s Android License Revoked by Google - updates

As the title says Huawei’s Android License Revoked by Google. Yes, The internet is going crazy when Google announces that they are revoking Android license to Huawei. This issue caused too much noise in social media, and much of a concern to Huawei smartphone users.

The Shenzhen based Chinese giant-tech Company, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. faces another devastating news. Google has revoked their license on Android OS effective immediately. This is in line with the Trump Administration’s decision to blacklist Huawei devices to the United States.

Huawei’s Android License Revoked by Google – No Longer can deliver Google Services

Huawei being the second top smartphones manufacturing in the world in terms of sale, next only to Apple. Not only smartphones, but Huawei is also a top manufacturing of internet-related devices, like routers- which dominates Europe sales. They have been the target of the Trump administration, accusing that Huawei equipment are being used for espionage by the Chinese State.  This allegation has been long denied by the company saying that they are not a government owned company and that they are not beholden to Beijing. But fewer countries followed the ban of Huawei devices concerning the same reason with the US government, these countries include Australia, Japan and Taiwan.

With the rising trade war and diplomatic tension between China and US, President of the United States, Donald Trump, signed an executive order and declared a national emergency to prohibit US company from sending hardware goods to Huawei. This however does not bother Huawei since according to them they have more than enough stockpile of hardware goods.

But as part of the blacklisting of the US government, Google has revoked Huawei’s Android license and it is effective right away, this means that Huawei will no longer have access to proprietary apps and services from Google,” as reported by Reuters.  

In simpler terms, Huawei and its sub-brand Honor will no longer have newer updates of Android Operating Service henceforth. But assured that existing Huawei devices will be working as usual and can still update apps on the Google Play Store. Google also twitted on May 20, 2019 in Twitter with their Android Account: “For Huawei users’ questions regarding our steps to comply w/ the recent US government actions: We assure you while we are complying with all US gov’t requirements, services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device.”

This means also that Huawei will no longer be part of the Android Beta Programs starting with the next release of Android OS upgrades. Also the phones that they will be manufacturing will no longer be Android supported.

In a statement from Huawei in response to all these matter:

“Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry.

Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products covering those have been sold or still in stock globally.

We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.”

– Huawei

Following the footsteps of Google in cutting ties with Huawei are American computer hardware manufacturing companies such as Qualcomm, Intel, Xilinx and Broadcom. These companies also announced that they will break trade with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. effective also immediately. According to a Bloomberg report, analyst Ryan Koontz said that “Huawei is heavily dependent on U.S. semiconductor products and would be seriously crippled without supply of key U.S. components,” These companies plays a very significant role to Huawei, for example, Intel is Huawei’s primary supplier of chips sued for data centers, Qualcomm being responsible for SnapDragon SoC’s for Honor 8c and Broadcomm supplies packet switching chips for telecom equipment. These actions again are in lined with the US government blacklisting Huawei in the United States. Reportedly, there are almost 30 American companies which are essential suppliers for Huawei and will also soon break ties with the company.

These has put Huawei into a really bad situations. But considering that they are a huge company, the only plausible option that Huawei can do for now is to create its own operating system, which has been rumored to already work on by the company. As we all know, in contrary, Google Play Store and Apple Store are ban in China, Chinese smartphone users have their own operating system and own app store. If Huawei will have their own operating system, the challenge for them is to introduce it to their user, since it has been overly known that Huawei has Android all along, so shifting the operating system to a new one might be a bit of a challenge to their users which were used to have Android.

With all these matters happening to Huawei, it announced that their launching of the new Honor 20 will not be affected. The launch of the Honor 20 series will still push through on May 21, 2019 in London.

UPDATES:

In May 20, 2019, days after the ban was implemented, the United States Commerce department granted Huawei a “Temporary General License”, this license is giving Huawei 90 days, that’s until August 19, 2019, to “maintain existing networks and provide software updates to existing Huawei handsets.

And with this grant from The United States Commerce Department, Google has reversed its decision about the revocation of Android license to Huawei, Google will now continue to send software updates to Huawei devices until August 19, 2019.

According to Google Spokesperson : “Keeping phones up to date and secure is in everyone’s best interests and this temporary license allows us to continue to provide software updates and security patches to existing models for the next 90 days.” 

After the 90 day temporary license, the United States Commerce Department will reassess the situation and will move forward from there. But it is good to know that Huawei android phones are back to normal and safe.

Capturing Your Visitor’s Email Address: Why is it important?

On this post you will learn how to collect email address on your website and why it is important to do so.

There are several bloggers and online business owners don’t realize the importance of capturing their visitors’ email address. According to the Baymard Institute, there is 69.57% average documented online shopping cart abandonment rate. That’s like more than half of your shoppers go visit your online shop, pick something they are interested into but then realize that they don’t need to buy it right away, and what’s worst is, they end up forgetting about it after few days. So that’s where capturing your visitors’ email address plays an important role in your online business. You have to get those website visitors’ come back to your website. So you should consider having an email list to grow your business.

What is an email list? An email list is a list of names and email addresses of your online shop visitors who gave you permission to send them any information related to your business, may it be like, an update to the items on their shopping carts, new items for sale, launching a new item and much more other related information. According to the Data and Marketing Association (DMA), on average business in the United States, email marketing sees 4300 percent ROI (Return of Investment).

How to Collect Email Address on Your Website

This is because when a visitor converted into email subscribers providing all their information and contacts, meaning they are interested in your products and have a very high possibility of becoming a paying customer. In fact, if you have noticed, a big social media platform is using email list too to get engaged with their members as frequent as they could. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram? You can’t create an account without an email address that is how important it is.

How to Collect Email Address on Your Website and Why it is important to do so.

Here’s why building an email list is important for your online business or blog site:

1.    Personalized and Targeted Approach

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Personalized approached on email marketing- fakedata

–    We all know email is personal, imagine if you can land your message to their email addresses? It’s like a friend sending them a message. You can make your message direct but personal. If a visitor turned into an email subscriber, there is a high chance that they are interested in your contents or products, and knowing what they like, you can personalize your messages and make highly relevant offers to get them more interested.

2.    One-on-One Conversation

–    Email is private. People read their email messages privately, so directly, they can you questions and feel confident about it because of the privacy. It’s building trust and connection with your email subscribers. Once you have it, it will not be so hard to indirectly inform them to go visit your website again.

3.    Most People Use Emails

–    Email is everywhere, in this era of advanced technology and online connections, email is necessary and most people have it. When you sign up for a social media account or when you are applying for a job, an email address is asked. So make it as an advantage for you to reach as many people as you could on your email list. The more website visitors you convert to becoming an email subscriber, the better for your business.

4.    Continued Conversation

–    Don’t stop communicating, you can always remind you subscriber about anything about your site, like updates and any related information. Refresh their mind about their experience in visiting your site, refresh their memory about the things they like about your site. Remind them

5.    Thank them for doing business

–    Now since you got their trust and confidence, and you have built a personal connection to your email subscribers, express to them how grateful you are with them. And let them know you are the best website they have ever visited. You can send relevant offers, like discounts and promotions, as a way for you to say thank you. You can send updates about a new product that is coming and as an email subscriber, they get the chance to check the products first before it is even launched.

And that my friend is How to Collect Email Address on Your Website and why you need to do so. There are a bunch of email marketing services online that can help you build your own email list for your business.  We hope that this article helps you make up your mind and start building your own email list for your online business.

Google throws in the towel for the failed Google+ Social Network

Last April 02, 2019, giant tech company Google finally bids goodbye to Google Plus, their social media platform attempting to compete with Facebook and Twitter. The shutdown was due to “low usage” and because it turned out to be Google’s security liability.  The initial closure was announced way back October of 2018, when the first security bug exposed account information of about 500,000 users, including their names, email addresses, and occupations. So the company decided to shut down the service in August of 2019. However, on the following month, Google revealed that it discovered a massive second security bug of Google’s application programming interfaces or API, and it exposed over 52.5 million users account information, again including users’ name, email addresses, occupations, and age. Thus, the reason why Google has decided to accelerate the procedure of the shutdown from August of 2019 to April of 2019.

Though Google confirmed that they did not find any evidence that the security bug exposed users’ financial data, national identification numbers or passwords to developers. But still caused so many concerns to the millions of users around the globe. Which makes Google react promptly into it,

Due to Security Vulnerabilities

“We discovered this bug as part of our standard and ongoing testing procedures and fixed it within a week of it being introduced,”

“We have always taken this seriously, and we continue to invest in our privacy programs to refine internal privacy review processes, create powerful data controls, and engage with users, researchers, and policymakers to get their feedback and improve our programs.”

Google announced via a blog post.

This leads to expediting the shutdown on all Google Plus API within the next 90 days after its discovery of the second security bug. And shutdown of Google Plus from August of 2019 to April of 2019.

But prior to the announcement of shutdown last year, Google has already drawn some ire from consumers on its early days, that is because Google had somewhat like forced their consumer to comment on the other services they have like YouTube, and also linking the Gmail services to getting a Google Plus account, things which really did not sit well with consumers. Thus, resulting in fewer users of the social media platform. Some tech experts’ say that the security bugs somehow gives Google a reasonable decision to completely shut down their social media platform for good, this reason somewhat like covers up the fact that the Google Plus project is not well received by consumers.

Google+ is Just a Spec of What Google Is

Moreover, we all know that Google is a giant tech company, and is a leader on technology advancements. And the shutdown of Google Plus project does not really affect them much in terms of consumer credibility. Developments and advancements on Google’s services do not stop here, sooner or later, Google may release a new social media platform that is good enough to compete with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and we can’t for it to happen. After all, Google has already established its name in terms of technological advancements.