US Intelligence Agencies Warns Against Buying Huawei, ZTE Phones

Angelica Greene
February 17, 2018

The warning comes from six intelligence officials - including the heads of the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency (NSA) - appearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

On Tuesday, six heads of the nation's top intelligence agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Chris Wray and NSA director Michael Rogers testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee about the risks posed by the Chinese brands of smartphones like Huawei.

USA intelligence agencies have always been issuing such warnings to citizens, advising them to stay away from Chinese smartphone makers, especially Huawei, which was founded by a former engineer from the People's Liberation Army in China.

ZTE is proud of the innovation and security of its products in the USA market and remains a trusted partner of American suppliers and customers, the company's spokesperson said on Wednesday.

During the hearing, the chiefs of the intelligence agencies praised American firms for resisting Chinese companies.

Huawei denied the claims, calling them baseless.

Wray warned that such level of power will allow Chinese agencies to exert control over the US communications networks.

It provides for the capacity to steal or maliciously modify information, added Wray, and provides for the capacity to conduct espionage that is undetected.

The Huawei logo is on display during the CES 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Nevada, Jan. 9, 2018. The two companies each strongly disputed the findings in the report at that time, with Huawei saying they were baseless.

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Based in Shenzhen in south China, Huawei is the world's largest telecoms equipment provider and the second largest smartphone maker after Samsung and ahead of Apple.

The announcement follows a warning from USA senators and spy chiefs that China is trying to gain access to sensitive us technologies and intellectual properties through telecommunications companies, academia and joint business ventures.

In addition, US Lawmakers are considering a bill to ban government employees from using Huawei and ZTE phones completely.

China is trying to gain access to U.S. proprietary information through telecoms companies, academia and joint business ventures, a USA senator has claimed.

During their testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, CNN reports that U.S. Sen.

"Huawei E355 wireless broadband modems include a web interface for administration and additional services".

"We have to have a secure network that doesn't allow bad actors to get in".

Huawei confirmed the statement assuring customers they were fixing the issue pertaining to the modems. Huawei has analyzed and investigated the vulnerability and informed involved customers.

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