Huawei Technologies Co. has had its membership suspended from the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (First), a global trade group of companies, governments and experts set up to tackle computer security breaches and share information about vulnerabilities, said the Wall Street Journal.
First was set up in the 1990s to encourage international cooperation in addressing and preventing hacking incidents. Members share information and intelligence to identify and isolate cyberattacks or vulnerabilities quickly, and disseminate information to protect against their rapid spread.
The trigger of Huawei’s suspension, according to a memo to members, was legal advice provided the group following changes last month to US export rules. The step effectively freezes Huawei out of discussions among members of the group over matters such as software glitches. Huawei will also no longer have access to sensitive discussions within the group’s Special Interest Groups, which share details on cybersecurity vulnerabilities between member organizations.