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CNN Report: "don't buy Huawei or ZTE": FBI/CIA/NSA

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  1. Jeton

    Jeton Newbie
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    http://money.cnn.com/2018/02/14/technology/huawei-intelligence-chiefs/index.html

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    The FBI, CIA and NSA say American citizens shouldn't use Huawei phones

    By Selena Larson February 14, 2018: 3:40 PM ET


    U.S. intelligence agencies issued a stern warning to Americans: Do not buy smartphones made by Chinese tech companies Huawei or ZTE.

    Top officials from the CIA, NSA, FBI and the Defense Intelligence Agency testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee that the Chinese smartphone makers posed a security threat to American customers.

    Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas asked the group to raise their hands if they would recommend private American citizens use products or services made by Apple competitor Huawei or smartphone maker ZTE. None of them did.


    FBI Director Chris Wray explained why it is an issue for companies and local governments to use Huawei or ZTE products and services.

    There is a risk of letting any company "beholden to foreign governments" inside the country's telecommunications infrastructure, he said. Huawei is a global leader in networking equipment, and the government has previously blocked it from selling technology to some federal agencies.


    Related: Huawei fails to clinch smartphone deal with AT&T

    "It provides the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information," Wray said. "And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage."

    Huawei has not made strides in the U.S. market in large part because ofgovernment concerns that the Chinese government can use its smartphones and other products for intelligence gathering.

    In 2012, Congress released a report saying the two Chinese companies should be viewed "with suspicion."

    In January, talks between Huawei and AT&T to sell its smartphones fell through. On Tuesday, Wray praised the efforts of telecommunications providers that are trying to "raise awareness on this issue."

    Huawei did not respond to a request for comment.

    "As a publicly traded company, we are committed to adhering to all applicable laws and regulations of the United States, work with carriers to pass strict testing protocols, and adhere to the highest business standards," a representative for ZTE said in an emailed statement. "Our mobile phones and other devices incorporate US-made chipsets, US-made operating systems and other components."

    Cotton introduced a bill last week that would prohibit the government from contracting with companies that use Huawei or ZTE products. It's a companion bill to the "Defending U.S. Government Communications Act" put forth in the House last month. In 2013, Congress passed a law that prevented some federal agencies from buying tech from these firms without approval.

    It's the latest push by Congress to prohibit foreign-made products due to intelligence concerns. For instance, the Russia-based Kaspersky Lab has been banned from federal computers.

    February 14
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    #1 Jeton, Feb 14, 2018
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  2. lol
    FBI asks for backdoors on all devices
    gets mad when other countries ask for the same thing.
     
    x_xlol and Astr4y4L like this.
  3. Astr4y4L

    Astr4y4L Android Enthusiast

    LMFAO,
    of course Big-Broter dont want anyone to get your info before they look at it first...

    they are "Protecting" you.
    LoL
     
    x_xlol likes this.
  4. MrHerbDaily

    MrHerbDaily Well-Known Member

    CNN. Moving on.
     
    InvaderRx likes this.

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