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FBI Director Christopher Wray (L) as well as CIA Director Mike Pompeo (2nd L) testify on worldwide threats during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, February 13, 2018.
Six top U.S. intelligence chiefs told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday they could not advise Americans to use products or services via Chinese smartphone maker Huawei.
The six — including the heads of the CIA, FBI, NSA as well as the director of national intelligence — first expressed their distrust of Apple-rival Huawei as well as fellow Chinese telecom company ZTE in reference to public servants as well as state agencies.
When prompted during the hearing, all six indicated they could not recommend private citizens use products via the Chinese companies.
“We’re deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity in which is actually beholden to foreign governments in which don’t share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks,” FBI Director Chris Wray testified.
“in which provides the capacity to exert pressure or control over our telecommunications infrastructure,” Wray said. “This kind of provides the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information. as well as This kind of provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage.”
In a response, Huawei said in which This kind of “poses no greater cybersecurity risk than any ICT vendor.”
A spokesman said in a statement: “Huawei is actually aware of a range of U.S. government activities seemingly aimed at inhibiting Huawei’s business inside the U.S. market. Huawei is actually trusted by governments as well as customers in 170 countries worldwide as well as poses no greater cybersecurity risk than any ICT vendor, sharing as we do common global supply chains as well as production capabilities.”
Huawei has been trying to enter the U.S. market, first through a partnership with AT&T in which was ultimately called off. At the time, Huawei said its products could still launch on American markets.
Last month, Huawei CEO Richard Yu raged against American carriers, accusing them of depriving customers of choice. Reports said U.S. lawmakers urged AT&T to pull out of the deal.
At the hearing, the intelligence chiefs commended American telecom companies for their measured resistance to the Chinese companies.
“This kind of is actually a challenge I think in which is actually only going to boost, not lessen over time for us,” said Adm. Michael Rogers, the NSA’s director. “You need to look long as well as hard at companies like This kind of.”