Thursday, 24 May, 2018

FBI, CIA, and NSA chiefs advise against using Huawei and ZTE phones

Six top US intelligence chiefs caution against buying Huawei phones US Intelligence Agencies Warns Against Buying Huawei, ZTE Phones
Troy Mann | 14 February, 2018, 20:30

Apparently that's what six USA intelligence agencies are claiming in which during a Senate Intelligence Committee, heads of the CIA, FBI, and NSA (amongst others) have warned against buying Huawei and ZTE phones.

Last week, Cotton and Republican Senator Marco Rubio introduced legislation that would block the government from buying or leasing telecoms equipment from Huawei or ZTE, citing concern the companies would use their access to spy on USA officials. So far, none has been provided. "It provides the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information. And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage", Wray said.

All six indicated they would not recommend private citizens use products from the Chinese companies.

Huawei initially tried to enter the United States market with an AT&T partnership earlier this year which was called off at the last minute, but the company said it would continue its entry into the country by other means. Reports said US lawmakers urged AT&T to pull out of the deal. However, the firm has taken desperate measures in order to do so, having reportedly pushed users to write fake reviews for the smartphone. Such a recommendation won't really come as much of a shock, and may even do something to solidify some recent rumors we've been hearing.

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For its part, Huawei told CNBC that it poses no more security risk than other tech companies because such companies share the same global supply chains and production capabilities.

China is trying to gain access to sensitive US technologies and intellectual properties through telecommunications companies, academia and joint business ventures, USA senators and spy chiefs warned on Tuesday at a Senate hearing.

Despite these setbacks, Huawei is still selling an unlocked version of its flagship Mate 10 Pro in the US.

The intelligence chiefs said they were "deeply concerned" about the risks posed by these devices, though Huawei denies any wrongdoing. The problem that was first voiced by a few lawmakers later turned into Huawei's deal with AT&T falling apart in the last minute, and then we heard about another bill coming to put a complete ban on Huawei's products, equipments, and services being used in the government agencies.

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