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Jul 19, 2018 | 18:20 GMT

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U.K.: Government More Cautious in 2018 Report on Security Risk Posed by China's Huawei

What Happened: An oversight board in the United Kingdom has pulled back from its 2017 assessment of the threat posed by Chinese company Huawei's involvement in the country's critical networks. The 2018 report from the British Cabinet office said security officials could give only limited assurances that the risk had been sufficiently mitigated. 

Why It Matters: At a time when Huawei is facing scrutiny over allegations that China hacked and recorded information in the African Union's headquarters in Ethiopia, the United Kingdom is joining Australia and the United States in claiming that the company presents a national security risk. 

Background: Huawei has come under fire globally for posing national security threats to Western countries because of potential backdoors in its hardware that China could exploit and because of the lack of clarity on the relationship between Huawei and the Chinese government.

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