Don't use ZTE, Huawei phones - USA intelligence chiefs

CIA FBI and NSA officials warn US citizens not to buy Huawei smartphones

CIA FBI and NSA officials warn US citizens not to buy Huawei smartphones

During a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday, the heads of six major USA intelligence agencies warned that American citizens shouldn't use smartphones made by Chinese tech firms Huawei and ZTE. And more recently, both Verizon and AT&T dropped plans this year to sell smartphones from Huawei, a situation mentioned by Huawei's CEO as a "big loss" during the recent CES show in Las Vegas.

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"That provides the capacity to exert pressure or control over our telecommunications infrastructure", Wray said. He added that this would provide "the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information".

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Texas Representative Mike Conaway introduced a bill last month that would prohibit the United States government from purchasing and using "telecommunications equipment and/or services", from Huawei and ZTE, which he says pose a threat to national security. "And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage", Wray said.

More recently, in answer to the USA security chiefs, a Huawei spokesperson pointed out that the company is trusted by the governments of 170 countries and “poses no greater cybersecurity risk than any ICT vendor, sharing as we do common global supply chains and production capabilities.”.

The intelligence chiefs said they were "deeply concerned" about the risks posed by these devices, though Huawei denies any wrongdoing. Reports said us lawmakers urged AT&T to pull out of the deal.

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According to 9to5Google, Huawei recruited people to write fake Mate 10 Pro reviews on Best Buy. The US intelligence community has always been wary of Huawei, which was founded by a former engineer in China's People's Liberation Army and has been described by US politicians as "effectively an arm of the Chinese government".

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.

The Chinese group added that the USA government is actively trying to undermine its business operations in the US market. Only here, the operator would have been the victim of political pressure since the U.S. authorities suspect Huawei of working with the intelligence agencies of china. This could include altering information or stealing it altogether.

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