A flaw in Huawei Matebook laptops, found by Microsoft researchers, could have been used to take control of machines, reported by Ars Technica.
First things first: Huawei fixed the driver and published the safe version in early January, so if you’re using a Huawei system and have either updated everything or removed the built-in applications entirely, you should be good to go.
The interesting part of the story is how Microsoft found the bad driver in the first place.
The “sophisticated flaw” had probably been introduced at the manufacturing stage, one expert told BBC News.
Prof Alan Woodward, a computer security expert based at Surrey University, told BBC News the flaw had the hallmarks of a “backdoor” created by the US’s National Security Agency to spy on the computers of targets.
That tool was leaked online and has been used by a wide variety of hackers, including those who are state-sponsored and criminal gangs.
“It was introduced at the manufacture stage but the path by which it came to be there is unknown and the fact that it looks like an exploit that is linked to the NSA doesn’t mean anything,” Prof Woodward said.
“It could be organised crime gangs, which are increasingly interfering with the supply chain, or it could be someone playing geo-politics to discredit Huawei.
“There is no evidence that the company has done anything malicious or any evidence they were under pressure from the state.”
The question remains, however, according to Prof Woodward: “How did the software engineering processes allow this on?
“This is not going to help their case or reduce people’s concerns,” he said.
The British intelligence community last week said that it could offer only “limited assurances” that long-term security risks from Huawei could be managed.
Prof Woodward said: “Huawei is critical to 5G, which in turn will be critical to a whole range of things, including future cities and autonomous cars.
“Disrupting this network could cause huge disruptions to society and I can see why people are worried about Huawei supplying this technology.
“They are headquartered in a country that has coercive laws and has made it clear that companies have to co-operate with the government and keep that secret.”
Huawei Hubble officially entered the private equity fund industry
Huawei Shenzhen-based Hubble Technology is a subsidiary that fully focuses on making investments in the market. On January 14, 2022, Huawei Hubble has officially completed the registration of private equity fund managers. Now, the institutional type is private equity and venture capital fund managers.
According to the information, Hubble Technology Venture Capital Co., Ltd was established on April 23, 2019, with a registered capital of 3 billion yuan in Futian District, Shenzhen.
Now, Huawei Hubble has officially entered the private equity fund industry. In the coming future, private equity fund products will be established to raise funds for individual and institutional qualified investors for equity venture capital.
What are private equity funds?
Private equity funds are closed-end funds that are considered an alternative investment class. Because they are private, their capital is not listed on a public exchange. These funds allow high-net-worth individuals and a variety of institutions to directly invest in and acquire equity ownership in companies.
Huawei Hubble executives:
Hubble Investments’ legal representative, president, and general manager is Bai Yi, which is currently president of Huawei’s Global Financial Risk Control Center. Since August 1997, he is serving Huawei.
He has served as an employee of the R&D Department, Director of the Research Institute Cooperation Department, and Deputy Director of the Corporate Development Department. Also, he has been in the positions of President and Vice President in other departments. In April 2019, Bai Yi took over as the CEO of Hubble Investments.
Hubble Investments Compliance Risk Control Officer Kong Yan is also a veteran Huawei employee. In February 2006, she joined Huawei Technologies as a Project Finance Officer in the Regional Financial Management Department.
In July 2012, she became a financial specialist in Huawei’s operations management division. Further, she began working at Hubble Investments in January and became a director of the company.
Hubble Investment is fully operated by Huawei and jointly owned by the Huawei Investment Holding Co., Ltd. Trade Union Committee and Ren Zhengfei, of which Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei holds 0.75. % of shares.
Hubble Investments currently has about 50 foreign investment companies, covering manufacturing, scientific research, technical services, information broadcasting, finance, etc., covering chips, semiconductors, artificial intelligence, and other fields.
In November 2021, Hubble Investments has undergone an industrial and commercial transformation, and its business scope has added private equity investment fund management and venture capital fund management services.
Huawei trademark applications for ‘Petal Search’ again got rejected
According to the China Intellectual Property database, Huawei filled registration for several Petal Search trademarks in 2021. Among them, the Huawei Petal Search trademarks with application numbers 52765919 and 52774570 got rejected in China.
The Petal Search is Huawei’s own search engine service similar to Google Search, which was already launched for global users in 2020. Following this, the Chinese tech maker has recently opened the Petal Search engine on the home ground. However, due to some reason, it was closed in less than a day of opening.
The information discloses that after the initial rejection of the Petal Search trademark, Huawei did not accept the rejection and applied for the re-examination of the trademark to the corresponding office.
The trademarks review states that both the Petal Search trademarks contain the word “Petal”, which was also included in the cited trademarks. So, their use in the same services can easily cause confusion among the consumers that’s why it was not approved.
On the other hand, Huawei also failed to submit sufficient evidence that proves or differentiates these new trademarks from citied trademarks. Hence, the trademark applications for Petal Search got rejected again.
Huawei Petal Search engine:
The Petal Search web engine has owns all the services that a search engine has and also provides localized search services based on user search habits. It can accurately food, clothing, housing, and transportation to local users, and users can enjoy a one-stop service from search to shopping.
Based on the application of big data, AI, NLP, and other technologies, Petal Search also provides visual search and voice search functions to achieve accurate identification of search content. The Petal Search serves the extreme needs of the user’s search efficiency and also supports multiple languages to meet the diverse search needs of the users. Also, the users can use different languages to get more accurate information and experiences suited to their features.
Huawei announced its participation at MWC 2022
Huawei has recently announced its participation at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2022 organized by GSMA. According to information, the MWC 2022 is scheduled to happen between February 28 to March 3, 2022, in Barcelona.
Additionally, Huawei also launched a page dedicated to MWC 2022 on the official website to support the development of the MWC 2022 event. Also, the Chinese tech maker will host the Huawei Day0 conference on February 27, 2022.
The interested users who want to know more about the MWC 2022 and its agenda can register themselves [Register here]. Huawei will collect your process your personal data and provide it through the website to send you MWC 2022 by mail conference attendance reminders and other conference-related information.
Furthermore, Huawei said the global economy and society are fully returning and industry digitization has become a new engine for economic development. The green and low-carbon is the common vision of human society as well as ICT technology is playing an increasingly important role in it.
Looking at the future, Huawei will work with global operators and partners to build a minimalist, green, and intelligent ICT infrastructure, adhere to science and technology for good, and use innovative technologies. The product solutions to make life better, business smarter, and society smarter. To develop a more inclusive, greener world.
Moreover, Huawei sincerely invites you to attend the 2022 Mobile World Congress hosted by the GSMA to discuss industry trends and hot topics with global industry elites and opinion leaders. This is to bring the digital world to everyone, every family, and every organization to build everything Connected intelligent world, lights up the future together.