Flawed routers with hardcoded passwords were manufactured by firm that posed “national security risk” to UK
Earlier this month the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) issued a warning to telecoms firms about the potential risks posed by devices manufactured by Chinese-state owned enterprise ZTE. “NCSC assess that the national security risks arising from the use of ZTE equipment or services within the context of the existing UK telecommunications infrastructure cannot be mitigated,” said Dr Ian Levy, technical director of the NCSC. At the same time, which is headquartered in the city of Shenzhen, was fined over one billion dollars and banned from importing American component for seven years, after illegally shipping telecoms equipment to Iran and North Korea in violation of regulations, and misleading the US Department of Commerce. In other words, ZTE is something of a controversial company, and not having the best of months. How does this affect the average user who may never have heard of ZTE? Well, this week it has been revealed that British customers of high-speed fibre broadb..