The European Union warned in a risk analysis on Wednesday of an increasing number of cyber attacks. In particular, these are attacks carried out with the support of a non-European country through equipment required for the 5G network.
The EU calls it "crucial" that risks for setting up new 5G networks and associated equipment are properly examined. "Possible attackers of 5G networks are mainly non-European countries and hackers who receive state aid," the statement says.
"Because attacks can be facilitated through suppliers, creating risk profiles of companies is extremely important," the EU reports. The Committee also believes that the likelihood of a supplier being affected by a country outside of Europe should be determined.
Rapport does not list countries and companies
In March this year, the European Commission decided that all countries should prepare a risk analysis with the potential threats and vulnerabilities to the new 5G network that will be rolled out in the first Member States from 2020.
The indirect reason for the investigation was the allegations of the US against Huawei, which would spy for the Chinese government. Proof of this has never been brought out and Huawei has always denied. Moreover, no specific countries or companies are mentioned in the EU report.
Minister of Justice and Security Minister Ferd Grapperhaus already announced in July that Dutch telecom companies are allowed to use equipment from Huawei when constructing the 5G network. Norway also indicated that Huawei will not be banned from installing this new network, which promises more speed and capacity.
The EU emphasizes the importance of setting up a secure 5G network. "This technology will be the backbone of our society and economy in the coming years. It will not only be about the billions of devices that will be connected, but also our banks, energy supply and healthcare will work with it. It is essential that sensitive information is not allowed. be abused. "
Evaluation in October 2020
The risk analysis was not only intended to examine the suppliers of 5G equipment; All risks related to network security have been identified. Based on the results of the research, The NIS Cooperation Group develops measures that countries can implement to deal with potential threats. These rules must be ready in December.
An evaluation of the measures taken must be carried out in October 2020 and it must be checked whether the safety of the 5G network is properly guaranteed in all European member states.