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US intelligence warns against use of Huawei, ZTE smartphones

IANS  |  Washington 

Top officials have reportedly warned Americans not to use from Chinese tech giants and

According to a CNBC report, the heads of CIA, FBI, NSA and the of national intelligence expressed these concerns during a hearing late on Tuesday.

"We're 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," FBI was quoted as saying.

"It provides the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information. And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage," Wray added.

responded to the concerns in a statement to CNBC, saying the company was aware of a range of activities seemingly aimed at inhibiting Huawei's in the US market.

"is trusted by governments and customers in 170 countries worldwide and poses no greater cyber security risk than any ICT vendor, sharing as we do common global supply chains and production capabilities," the company said.

According to The Verge, Huawei is trying to sell the "Mate 10 Pro" device unlocked in the US but "the effort seems to have pushed the company to desperate measures - including getting users to write fake reviews for the handset".

US lawmakers are currently considering a bill that would ban government employees from using Huawei and

"The focus of my concern is ... Chinese telecoms like Huawei and ... are widely understood to have extraordinary ties to the Chinese government," Republican Senator Richard Burr, of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was quoted as saying.



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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 19:42 IST