Intelligence officials warn Americans against buying Huawei and ZTE phones

Intelligence agency officials are warning Americans against buying phones from Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE due to concerns they could be used to spy on people.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said Tuesday that there is a risk in letting companies with strong ties to the Chinese government operate within the U.S. telecommunication infrastructure, CNN reported.

None of the top officials from the FBI, CIA, National Security Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on global terror threats this week said they would recommend the Chinese-made phones to Americans.

“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,” Wray said.

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

In 2012, the House Intelligence Committee…

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