The Chinese firm Huawei is working on new models that will take on Apple and Samsung in China. The plan is to bring out a high-end model, but with no specifications available as yet, any discussion of what Huawei might come up with can only be speculative. Western Europe and Japan also look likely to be target markets. Huawei is apparently not interested in pushing into the US marketplace at the present time _ which is the reverse of what it was saying not so long ago. Part of the problem is that, like Australia, the US regards Huawei _ along with other companies like ZTE in China _ as a security risk. There has been the usual rhetoric from the Chinese authorities over this, with the expected accusations of protectionism. The problem for Beijing is that recent investigations have traced a large number of attempted _ and successful _ hacks directly back to the PRC and so any firm that is overseen or directly owned by Beijing is now suspect. Huawei claims the Chinese government has no ownership stake in its firm, but that is difficult to believe given the corporate structure found in China. Canada and India have also expressed concerns about this, as has the European Union.
According to Verizon, 96% of state-backed cyber-spying can be currently traced back to the People's Republic of China. That record used to belong to the Baltic countries, but now China wears the crown; the PRC has been blamed for one in every five security breaches that occurred in 2012. That still leaves the rest being carried out by regular criminals and hackers because _ let's face it _ why would China want to hack into the average person's data? Over 90% of hacking attacks come from outside and, of these, the biggest targets were financial organisations. Organised crime accounts for 55% of attacks which leaves relatively few to be laid at the door of your average hacker.
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