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U.S. intelligence agencies warn Americans against Huawei phones

Top officials from the CIA, NSA, FBI and the Defense Intelligence Agency warns Americans against the brand phone. They testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee and issued a stern warning to Americans: Do not buy smartphones made by Chinese tech companies Huawei or ZTE and that the Chinese smartphone makers posed a security threat to American customers.

FBI Director Chris Wray explained Huawei is a global leader in networking equipment, and the government has previously blocked it from selling technology to some federal agencies.

“It provides the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information,” Wray said. “And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage.”

Huawei has not made strides in the U.S. market in large part because of government concerns that the Chinese government can use its smartphones and other products for intelligence gathering.

In 2012, Congress released a report saying the two Chinese companies should be viewed “with suspicion.”

A bill has been passed by the US congress prohibiting the government from contracting with companies that use Huawei or ZTE products. It’s a companion bill to the “Defending U.S. Government Communications Act” put forth in the House last month. In 2013, Congress passed a law that prevented some federal agencies from buying tech from these firms without approval.

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