Domestic cryptography in 5G networks and cyber security of Olympics: digest of IoT news
What strict measures will the Japanese Government take in order to ensure cyber security of the 2020 Summer Olympics? What amendments did FAS introduce to the Federal Law ‘On Protection of Competition’? Why does the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of Russia say no to overseas IoT gadgets? Answers to these and other questions can be found in our weekly digest.
Japan to hack gadgets of its citizens
The Government of Japan has introduced amendments to the legislation allowing public officials to legally hack IoT gadgets of its citizens.
This mission has been appointed to the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). Its employees have to detect unprotected IoT gadgets and take a census. A legal way of hacking is brute force (the most popular one). First of all, the Japanese Government will try hacking mobile cameras and routers. Total number of IoT devices to be investigated is 200 m.
The local authorities agreed upon such a step due to the absence of the unitary standards for IoT devices security. They are worried because fraudsters could use gadgets for DDoS attacks during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Such governmental actions have come into a lot of criticism from the citizens: they think that free access to devices would violate personal freedom.
The Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of Russia says no to overseas IoT gadgets
The Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of Russia calls to eliminate the use of IoT devices in the spheres that constitute the vital information infrastructure.
It was Deputy Minister Alexey Sokolov who got this message across during a meeting with the representatives of the Ministry of Informatization and Communications of the Republic of Tatarstan. He mentioned defense industry, nuclear power, and transport telematics. Deputy Minister also claimed that the organization intends to use Russian IoT solutions only: both software (programs, crypto algorithms) and hardware (chips and sensors). In this way, the Ministry expects to support domestic manufacturers in the IoT segment.
Oppo conquers the market of consumer electronics
Chen Mingyong, CEO at Chinese electronics manufacturer Oppo, announced an intention to become world’s largest supplier of smart watches and smart earphones.
As he reported, Oppo may take the lead in headphones manufacturing in two-three years. Its customer base with about 250 m users would contribute to the process.
Besides, Chen Mingyong shared plans for launching 5G smartphones based on Snapdragon 855. The release is scheduled for the first half of 2019.
FAS amends the Federal Law ‘On Protection of Competition’
The Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia has prepared amendments to the laws on online services. Necessary documents have been submitted for governmental consideration.
In fact, these are rewritten articles of the Federal Law ‘On Protection of Competition’. It is listed in the so-called Fifth Antimonopoly Package created a year ago though not accepted by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.
Currently, a company with a digital platform is regarded as dominant if its share on the market of replaceable services surges over 35%. What is more, such businesses will have to get approval if their cost is more than 7 bn RUB. In case of law violation, FAS has the right to ban a company website for up to 90 days.
FSB suggests introducing Russian cryptography to 5G networks
During the meeting, the members of the Working Group on Developing the Digital Economy in Russia came out with an idea of using Russian SIM cards and cryptographic solutions for the development of 5G.
On January 30, the same suggestion was voiced by the representative of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation. He also offered to replace the overseas equipment of base stations by domestic.
No information about adoption or decline of this suggestion has been given.