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Congress Brands Huawei and ZTE as Security Threats

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Oct 7, 2012, 10:43 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

A draft report written by the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee concludes that both Huawei and ZTE should be prevented from expanding their businesses in the U.S. due the possibility that they could threaten the national security of the U.S. The draft report, which is set to be published in final form October 8, is the culmination of an 11-month investigation into the two corporations, which make wireless networking gear and cellular telephones. "U.S. network providers and system developers are strongly encouraged to seek other vendors for their projects," said a portion of the report. It also said Huawei and ZTE "cannot be trusted to be free of foreign state influence and thus pose a security threat to the United States and to our systems." The authors of the report said that both companies were reluctant to hand over key documents about their relationships with the Chinese government. The authors also said they received "credible allegations" that suggested Huawei is guilty of bribery, corruption, discriminatory behavior, and other malfeasance. Huawei spokesperson Bill Plummer rejected the reports conclusions. "Baseless suggestions...that Huawei is somehow uniquely vulnerable to cyber mischief ignore technical and commercial realities, recklessly threaten American jobs and innovation, do nothing to protect national security, and should be exposed as dangerous political distractions from legitimate public-private initiatives to address what are global and industry-wide cyber challenges." Plummer's comments went submitted to Reuters via email. It's not clear how the report will affect Huawei and ZTE's existing business relationships. MetroPCS, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile USA all sell Huawei and/or ZTE handsets.

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Oct 8, 2012, 8:02 PM

You have got to be kidding me.

This is insanity in action. Let me get the right: I'm supposed to worry about Huawei and ZTE for "hacking" back doors that our government required them to install when we paid them to make the equipment? We've got the CIA admitting in Wired Magazine that they spy on us through our appliances 🤣 The smart meter on your house tells the electric company exactly what electric devices you are using. This is by design and has been for years. I'm ex-military and I'm telling you this is just a drop in the bucket. I'm curious though. Why is this article on Phonescoop? Yet for some reason, no mention of the suicide nets installed around the Apple factories BY Apple at the demand of the Chinese government so that the slaves being forced to make th...
The 'security threat' nonsense is just a cover for election year protectionist demagoguery.... 🙄

If you're going to block ZTE and Huawai, how about just blocking them because they make crappy products? That would at least be a legitimate co...

Oct 7, 2012, 11:13 PM

Compared to what?

The US government wants to spy on us at will, and the NSA won't say how many times it "accidentally" committed warrantless theft of our data.

Our wireless carriers can install Carrier IQ on our phones without our permission (software which is apparently a finger fumble away from oops-we-logged-your-keystrokes), and the US government doesn't give a hoot.

But they warn us that Huawei might, via unspecified hypothetical means, do unspecified things. And maybe they will, But our heroic politicians sure are selective about protecting us.
Globhead said:
The US government wants to spy on us at will, and the NSA won't say how many times it "accidentally" committed warrantless theft of our data.

Our wireless carriers can install Carrier IQ on our phones without our
T Bone

Oct 8, 2012, 10:04 AM

The anti-China paranoia of today

Is remarkably similar to the anti-Japan paranoia of the late 80's and early 90's......remember the outrage when a Japanese company bought the Rockefeller Center? Sadly both candidates are pushing a protectionist line in their campaigns, Romney talking about 'getting tough with China' and Obama talking about 'economic patriotism' (by which he means anti-free trade and protectionism)....all of this posturing is simply code words for xenophobia....and both parties are equally guilty....unfortunately in difficult economic times, blaming the foreigners is always popular, even with the 'tolerant' left....
I completly agree, it's ridiculous. I looked around my house for everything that said made in china on it. Almost eveything I have is. Anything you buy at the dollar store is made in china. Even my plunger was made on china.
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