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Cyber arm of UK spy agency left without PGP for four months

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Meanwhile Huawei gets green light, despite failure to verify source code

UK spy agency GCHQ’s cyber security arm, CESG, was left without PGP encryption for more than four months, according to a government report.

This "prevent[ed] direct electronic receipt of evaluation reports", it emerged in the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) Oversight Board (PDF) annual report.

“Internal processes were updated to ensure this issue does not recur,” said the report.

Meanwhile the report, intended to assess the perceived risks arising from the involvement of Huawei in parts of the UK’s critical national infrastructure, once again gave the Chinese kit-maker the green light.

Any risks to UK national security from Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s critical networks have been sufficiently mitigated, found the third annual probe from the HCSEC Oversight Board.

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