Usage of Huawei Phones Not Recommended By US Intelligence Agencies

Usage of Huawei Phones Not Recommended By US Intelligence Agencies
The Siliconreview
16 Febuary, 2018

Buying phones isn’t an easy option now. With the electronic market flooded with so many choices, we get confused and dazzled often forgetting, the purpose of buying a phone.

However, if Huawei and ZTE are on your list, it is highly advised against by six intelligence agencies in the US including CIA, FBI, NSA, and Defense Intelligence Agency.

The agencies are concerned with the tech company’s connection with the Chinese government and testified during the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

In his testimony, FBI director Chris Wray revealed the government was “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.” He added that this would provide “the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information. And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage.”

The US government has always been skeptical of Huawei since it was founded by a former engineer in China’s People’s Liberation Army. Therefore, it has never been able to make big in the lucrative American Market.

The company started life as telecoms firm, and then entered communications arena and proved a hit. Last year, Huawei surpassed Apple and others giants to become the world’s second-biggest Smartphone, behind Samsung.

The company highlighted its strong position in many markets outside of the U.S. "We operate in 170 countries where there is trust with governments and customers. We pose no greater cybersecurity risk than other vendors," Huawei said.