Warning From FBI, CIA And NSA Chiefs Against Huawei & ZTE Phones
Recently, top members of more than six intelligence agencies in the United States, including FBI, CIA and NSA Chiefs, publicly spoke against the use of phones produced by the company ZTE, mostly known as Huawei phones.
According to the CNBC report, the director of national intelligence and other agents addressed the public, warning customers from using Huawei services. The initiative comes from the agencies’ “distrust” with the company’s measures in regards to cyber security and privacy. They claim that the values which the U.S adhere to are not similar to that of foreign governments, which could pose a potential risk on the American telecommunication networks. This could lead to a series of malicious attacks that include stealing of personal information and even espionage, according to the agencies.
A spokesman said in a statement: “Huawei is aware of a range of U.S. government activities seemingly aimed at inhibiting Huawei’s business in the U.S. market. 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.” Both Huawei and ZTE sell smartphones and other connected devices in the United States, but neither are widely known. Huawei attempted to change this with the Mate 10 Pro smartphone and a deal with AT&T and Verizon, where the device would be sold through the carriers. However, the AT&T deal fell through before it could be announced, and Verizon is also rumored to have pulled out, each potentially due to political pressure.
On the other hand, Huawei responded saying that such claims are far from the truth. They said that their services are not riskier than any other vendor, claiming that they are trusted by many governments and millions of users worldwide.
The company had similar problems back in 2012, and the prospect of conquering the American market is still somewhat bleak. Will this ‘beef’ between the US intelligence and Huwaei resolve itself in the future? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.