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FBI, CIA, NSA and other U.S. security bodies have warned people (i.e., Americans) against the use of Huawei and ZTE phones. They also warned people against other products and services from the firms. The security organs released the statement during a Senate Committee.

FBI, CIA Warns of Huawei Phones
Huawei Phone | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Security Bodies Worried About Firms’ Government Ties

According to FBI, the security organs are worried about the ties that the Chinese tech firms are having with the government. The security bodies are concerned about the risks of doing business with any firm or entity that has ties with other governments. This is especially to firms or entities that don’t share U.S. values and wants to gain positions of power inside the country’s telecom.

The security bodies believe that if the firms or entities are allowed to gain the positions they will have the capacity to modify info. They will also have the capacity to steal info and conduct spying.

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Previous Warnings

In the early 2010s, the security bodies warned against Huawei which belongs to a former engineer in China’s army. According to FBI and also CIA, the engineer is an arm of the Chinese government.

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US to Ban Employees from Using Huawei and ZTE Phones

The U.S. lawmakers are highly likely to pass a bill that would force the government to ban its works from using Huawei and ZTE phones. According to the senators, the focus of their concern is china and its tech giants.

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Huawei and ZTE Response

The tech firms believe that the U.S. government is only trying to inhibit their business in its market. They say that they are public firms and adhere to all laws of the U.S. In addition, the firms say that they work with carriers to pass protocol and also they adhere to top standards.

In conclusion, U.S. says that the tech giants pose a security threat. But the tech giants believe that the U.S. doesn’t want their business. So it is an issue that will probably find a solution through talks.

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