Doug Bedell — May 5, 2018, 5:03 pm

Pentagon Deems Chinese-Made Smartphones a Security Risk

Here’s something of a change of focus in security matters. Who makes your smartphone? If its Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. or ZTE Corp., you’ll be interested to know that their phones have been removed from stores at U.S. military facilities. That’s because, In Homeland Security reports, these Chinese-made phones have been deemed by the Defense Department to be security risks.

“Huawei and ZTE devices may pose an unacceptable risk to (the) department’s personnel, information and mission,” a Pentagon spokesman said.

“The largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world, Guangdong-based Huawei, vies with Apple Inc. to be the world’s second largest smartphone maker, trailing only South Korea’s Samsung. Huawei was founded in the late 1980s by a former engineer from the People’s Liberation Army,” the post continues.

“The second firm, ZTE, also based in Guangdong province, makes smartphones, tablets, and telecommunications equipment. In 2017, the company admitted shipping telecom equipment to Iran and North Korea and agreed to pay $1.19 billion in fines as part of an investigation into whether it violated trade sanctions. In March, the U.S. Commerce Department imposed a seven-year ban on ZTE buying technology from U.S. suppliers, including chips considered essential to some of its products.”

The In Homeland Security post contains more information on the concerns over the two phones.

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