#WhatTheTech 4

Written by:
Leah Johnston
Date Posted:
24 May 2019

We’ve handpicked some tech/security related news stories from the past week, in case you missed them.

Huawei’s microchip vulnerability
This week the US added Huawei to its ‘entity list’ of customers that American firms cannot work with. Google has also cut off Huawei’s Android licence, which is likely to have a huge impact on the manufacturer.

Huawei sources parts for its products and technical expertise from all over the world. Just looking at the P30 Pro, the motherboard in Huawei’s flagship smartphone, gives an idea of how disruptive the US move is for Huawei.  5 out of the 6 main parts used to create the P30 Pro are sourced from the USA – and this is just one motherboard in one device.

Just last year Huawei released a list of its core suppliers, of which 33 were American companies. Many of these US technology suppliers, such as Xilinx, Qualcomm and Broadcom have warned that they will stop selling their technology to Huawei in order to comply with the ban.

Analysts predict that this move will cause China to build more technology within its own borders, a decision that would create what some are referring to as the Balkanisation of the digital word: two separate internets that would each require different technologies in order to use them.

5G comes to EE
EE has announced its plans to bring 5G to six UK cities by the 30th of May – the first mobile network to do so.

EE customers in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Manchester and Birmingham will have access to the 5G service. 5G will require compatible handsets, and pricing is said to start from £54 a month for 10 gigabits of data.

Concerns over Huawei’s role in building the UK’s 5G network has hit the headlines over the last few weeks. While EE admits that it does currently use Huawei’s equipment in its 4G network, they claim to be in the process of removing it.  However, the fact that EE uses Huawei’s equipment for its 4G network implies that they will also use it in their 5G network, as it is difficult to deploy non-Huawei 5G equipment alongside existing Huawei 4G equipment.

EE plans to develop 100 new 5G sites each month.

What do you think of the decision to allow Huawei to help build the UK’s 5G network? Let us know in the comments, or tweet us at @Hyve!

GozNym cyber-crime gang busted
GozNym is a type of malware that has been used by a cyber-crime gang to capture online banking details, giving them access to victims’ bank accounts. In total, the gang managed to steal £77 million from more than 40,000 victims.

GozNym is a hybrid of two types of malware: Nymaim and Gozi. Nymaim is designed to sneak other malware onto a device and install it. Gozi is ransomware created for stealing financial information. Combining the two created what one expert has called a “double-headed monster.”

A complex police operation has led to the gang being dismantled. Ten members of the network have been charged in Pittsburgh, five Russian nationals remain on the run, and other members of the gang are facing charges in various locations.

It is important that consumers are aware of the possibilities of malware, and continuously monitor bank accounts in order to protect themselves.

Boeing 737 Max software upgrade
Boeing has completed development of a software update for its 737 Max plane which was grounded following two fatal crashes within five months.

Both crashes were linked to the Boeing 737 Max’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System. The software was designed to make the plane easier and more familiar to fly, but it appeared it had been activated at the wrong time, causing both planes to crash. Although Boeing argued that the software was not faulty, they began to develop a new one nonetheless.

Once data has been submitted to the FAA about how pilots work with the new software, it will work with the regulator to schedule a certification test flight and submit final certification documentation, in attempt to get the planes back in the sky.

We’ll be back next week with more tech news!

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