US Intelligence Agencies Warns Against Buying Huawei, ZTE Phones

US Intelligence Agencies Warns Against Buying Huawei, ZTE Phones

Yesterday, it was revealed that the company asked people to write fake Mate 10 Pro reviews for the chance to become beta testers; today, six U.S. intelligence chiefs have warned Americans not to use Huawei or ZTE devices.

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. As a USA military veteran and man who bleeds red, white, and blue, I'm willing to give up on such products - provided there is actual evidence of nefarious activity.

"We're deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don't share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks", testified FBI Director Chris Wray.

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

Huawei's first attempt to reach the USA market was a failed deal with AT&T.

They gave the warning in a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill ...

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"With over $100 billion in Chinese Government subsization and direct financing, Huawei is able to offer unsuspecting USA businesses low-priced offers hard to refuse in exchange for access to US networks". This caution led to a ban on Huawei bidding for USA government contracts in 2014, and it's now causing problems for the company's push into consumer electronics. "We've won the trust of the Chinese carriers", Yu fumed at the company's keynote. Huawei reportedly got users to write fake reviews of the handset, just so it can sell more units.

Despite the opposing recommendations from the NSA, FBI and Central Intelligence Agency chiefs against Huawei, the China-based tech giant strongly believes it doesn't pose a "greater cybersecurity risk than any ICT vendor".

This is in line with a recent Bloomberg report, which said that Verizon has dropped plans to sell Huawei phones in the USA due to pressure from the government.

But the USA lawmakers aren't sold with Huawei's reassurance.

USA lawmakers are now considering a bill that would ban government employees from using Huawei and ZTE phones altogether.

What are your thoughts about Huawei and claims that using its phones might lead to "undetected espionage" or even "modify or steal information"?

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