Recently, the US government halted Huawei’s attempt to do business with some US carriers mainly due to concerns that the company is strongly affiliated with the Chinese government. Now, top US intelligence officials are taking further steps to ensure that smartphones from Huawei and ZTE are not used in the country. According to CNBC, the heads of CIA, FBI, NSA and the director of national intelligence have advised Americans to steer clear of smartphones from these companies. FBI Director, Chris Wray, said
“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,”…”It provides the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information. And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage,”
Republican Senator, Richard Burr, Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said
“The focus of my concern is … Chinese telecoms like Huawei and ZTE … are widely understood to have extraordinary ties to the Chinese government,”
Huawei in a statement to CNBC reiterated its knowledge of some section of the US government working to halt Huawei’s business in the US market. The company further said
“Huawei is trusted by governments and customers in 170 countries worldwide and poses no greater cybersecurity risk than any ICT vendor, sharing as we do common global supply chains and production capabilities,”
As of now, lawmakers in the US are considering a bill that would ensure that employees of the US government don’t make use of smartphones from Huawei or ZTE.