The US claims to have hard evidence that Huawei for more than a decade has secretly built backdoors into its equipment through which it can access communications crossing that equipment. The Wall Street Journal writes that such access is attained through lawful interception interfaces in the systems. Such interfaces are not unique to Huawei equipment. What’s unique to Huawei, the US claims, is secret retention of access to the interfaces, which should be available only to legal authorities acting under authority of national wiretapping laws. Huawei dismissed the allegations, saying that equipment vendors like itself enjoy no such access to network traffic.
Reuters says Germany may decide to follow a risk management approach with respect to Huawei similar to that recently adopted by the UK.
The Nevada Democratic Party intends to use iPads, Google Forms, and other “tools” to process and determine results in its February 22nd caucuses, the Washington Post reports.
Facebook has taken down inauthentic accounts FireEye flagged as part of Iran's Distinguished Impersonator influence operation. Facebook also addressed "coordinated inauthenticity" emanating from Russia, Myanmar, and Vietnam.
Microsoft addressed ninety-nine issues in its products yesterday, making this in ZDNet’s estimation Redmond’s biggest Patch Tuesday ever.
Adobe has patched forty-two vulnerabilities in its Framemaker, Flash Player, Reader and Acrobat, Digital Editions, and Experience Manager. BleepingComputer reports that many of the bugs are rated “critical.”
Intel fixed an authentication issue (CVE-2019-14598) in its CSME (converged security and management engine). The flaw could lead to privilege escalation, denial-of-service, and information leaks.