While there is widespread agreement that Huawei devices in 5G infrastructure pose some risk to the U.S. and allied nations, the policy community—in particular the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre—has paid insufficient attention to the technical aspects. The discussion must examine not simply whether China would use this technology maliciously, but the specific threats that Huawei equipment could pose and the extent to which these threats can be mitigated.
Alexei Bulazel is a senior security researcher at River Loop Security, where he provides expertise on reverse engineering, vulnerability research and cyber policy. He has presented research on reverse engineering anti-virus software at a variety of international venues including Black Hat, DEFCON, REcon Montreal and Brussels, and SummerCon, among many others, and has published scholarly work at the USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies (WOOT) and the Reversing and Offensive-Oriented Trends Symposium (ROOTS). Alexei is a proud alumnus of RPISEC.
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