Huawei employee arrested in Poland on espionage charges

From The Verge: Polish authorities have arrested two individuals and accused them of conducting espionage on behalf of the Chinese government, the Polish TV channel TVP has reported (via BBC). One is a Chinese man who is the head of Huawei’s sales in the country, according to The New York Times, while the other is a Polish national and employee of the telecoms provider Orange Polska. The network has recently worked with Huawei to build its next-generation 5G network.

The arrests come amid fears that Huawei equipment could be used to spy on behalf of the Chinese government when used to build a country’s communications infrastructure. The US has reportedly considered explicitly banning the use of the company’s equipment from such networks, and it has also pressured its allies to do the same.

Several allies have already done so. In the UK, telecom provider BT has had a policy of not using Huawei equipment in the core of its network since 2006. Other European governments as well as New Zealand and Australia have also either considered or otherwise banned the use of the equipment. On Wednesday, Norway said it was thinking of excluding Huawei from the country’s 5G infrastructure.

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