Huawei and ZTE come under fire from FBI, CIA, NSA

CIA FBI and NSA officials warn US citizens not to buy Huawei smartphones

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 USA intelligence chiefs have warned Americans not to use Huawei or ZTE devices.

Wray went on to say that using products and services from Huawei and ZTE "provides the capacity to exert pressure over our telecommunications infrastructure", and that it paves the way for both companies to "maliciously modify or steal information". That aggressive push, however, has put the company in even more hot water, as fake reviews for its flagship the Mate 10 Pro have reportedly surfaced on Best Buy's website, apparently linked to a Facebook contest spurred on by Huawei.

While the compelling advisement came from nearly all of the highest national security and intelligence figures, it's not the first time a USA official has spoken out.

But Huawei was treading in the wilderness, as 90 percent of the phones sold in the USA are backed by carriers.

During a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday, the heads of six major US intelligence agencies warned that American citizens shouldn't use smartphones made by Chinese tech firms Huawei and ZTE. "And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage", Wray said.

Huawei, for its part, tells CNBC that it "poses no greater cybersecurity risk than any ICT vendor".

The intelligence chiefs said they were "deeply concerned" about the risks posed by these devices, though Huawei denies any wrongdoing.

Huawei has since responded to these allegations in a statement which reads, "Huawei is aware of a range of US government activities seemingly aimed at inhibiting Huawei's business in the USA market".

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

Last week, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and Florida Senator Marco Rubio introduced a bill that would block the usa government from buying or leasing network equipment from Huawei or ZTE.

At the hearing, the intelligence chiefs commended American telecom companies for their measured resistance to the Chinese companies. This could include altering information or stealing it altogether.



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