Huawei smartphone, 8 other models pass NCC cybersecurity test

Taipei,  A smartphone model from Chinese brand Huawei Technologies Co. has passed a cybersecurity test conducted by the National Communications Commission (NCC) on a random basis, the NCC said Friday.

Huawei’s Y9 2019 model, along with eight other models from rivals of the Chinese brand, which garnered relatively strong sales in Taiwan in the first quarter of 2019, passed the NCC information security test, the commission said.

According to the NCC, the cybersecurity test focused on a wide range of aspects, such as whether sensitive information, payment functions, data transmissions between payment system and server, and computing functions in a smartphone model have been well encrypted.

In addition, the test also examined how a smartphone model would identify a user and how a user would be the delegated authority to use a given function, the NCC said.

Apple Inc.’s iPhone XR was the only model among the nine to go through the first round of testing, conducted in October 2019, to pass the NCC’s test.

The Y9 2019, HTC Corp.’s U12, Samsung Electronics Corp.’s Galaxy A7 2018, the Nokia 8.1, Sony Corp.’s Xperia L2, Asustek Computer Inc.’s ZenFone Max M1 and the Sugar P1 made it through the first and second rounds of the test in February, the NCC said.

China’s OPPO AX5 went through the first to third round of the testing, which was completed in April, before securing approval from the NCC, the commission said.

In the test, in which the NCC selected 10 smartphone models randomly from the country’s sales rankings, one failed to pass, although the NCC declined to disclose the maker or model that failed the test.

The commission has asked the brand to fix the model’s software problems in order to prevent damage to user privacy and to prevent users from attacks by hackers.

The NCC also urged smartphone users to change their passwords frequently, to upgrade the software they use and not browse suspicious websites. The NCC said the test was conducted on a trial basis and the results have been recognized by the departments of consumer protection and cybersecurity under the Executive yuan.

It was not clear whether the NCC will conduct the testing on a regular basis.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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