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Six top US intelligence chiefs caution against buying Huawei phones

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Six top US intelligence chiefs caution against buying Huawei phones

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/13/chinas- ... -away.html
When prompted during the hearing, all six indicated they would not recommend private citizens use products from the Chinese companies.

"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 Director Chris Wray testified.

"That provides the capacity to exert pressure or control over our telecommunications infrastructure," Wray said. "It provides the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information. And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage."
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They also include ZTE in their warning. Is there something different about Huawei/ZTE and companies like OnePlus and Oppo? Do they have closer links to the government or something?
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I'm genuinely curious how Huawei and ZTE phones are different from, say, iPhones manufactured by Foxconn.
Gee wrote: Aren’t google Pixel phones made by a Chinese company
The Pixel 2 is manufactured by HTC (Manufactures primarily in Taiwan), the Pixel 2 XL by LG (Korean). HTC manufactured both models of the original Pixel.
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wearysky wrote: I'm genuinely curious how Huawei and ZTE phones are different from, say, iPhones manufactured by Foxconn.



The Pixel 2 is manufactured by HTC (Manufactures primarily in Taiwan), the Pixel 2 XL by LG (Korean). HTC manufactured both models of the original Pixel.
I don't think the issue is with the hardware, rather the software operating on the device. iPhones are not running a flavour of iOS maintained by a company with close ties to the Chinese government. If you're running a vanilla flavour of Android on your Huawei, it's likely not a big deal. If you're using a flavour that's maintained by Huawei, well, that's likely a different story.
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Probably makes it difficult for them to spy on us.

"that don't share our values" - coming from the people who wanted Apple to give up encryption for an iPhone not even 2 years ago.
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spiderman79 wrote: Six top US intelligence chiefs caution against buying Huawei phones
Any co relation at all?
All 6 chiefs happen to be united in objecting to Trump (on trump's insistance that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election)
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It's because they are American and they always like to put out rumours that don't make any sense.

Apple is better? Apple does violate privacy as well ... except the Americans cover it up.
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AV-Fishing wrote: It's because they are American and they always like to put out rumours that don't make any sense.

Apple is better? Apple does violate privacy as well ... except the Americans cover it up.
Source?
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danieltoronto wrote: Any co relation at all?
All 6 chiefs happen to be united in objecting to Trump (on trump's insistance that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election)
In their defense, pretty much everyone in the intelligence community is convinced that Russia did interfere. But Trump did ask Poutine and he said no, so who knows?
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I asked this same question in another thread but should I be avoiding huwei and zte? Looking to get a chatR account and was looking at the zte jasper phone or the LG K4....looks like I should avoid the zte jasper then or does LG "spy" on us too?
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What about Huawei cell towers? Pretty sure they can get a lot more info from the tower than the phone itself.
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tritium4ever wrote: The hilarious irony of this is that the US spy agencies are actively pressuring American companies into providing backdoors into their products.
But that's *good* spying on Americans, because THEY are doing it. Not like the BAD spying on Americans done by anybody else.
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JFRACINE wrote: In their defense, pretty much everyone in the intelligence community is convinced that Russia did interfere. But Trump did ask Poutine and he said no, so who knows?
Huh?
Trump said no to poutine??
Who can say no to poutine???
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ppl4golf wrote: Huh?
Trump said no to poutine??
Who can say no to poutine???
Poutine said no when Trump asked. Its pretty much Trump's explanation about why he skeptical.
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All the reason to buy Huawei as it means Huawei won't share with the USA spy agencies
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isn't Google's previous flagship the nexus 6p made by huawei?

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