Last couple of weeks have been pretty rough for Huawei as both AT&T and Verizon pulled out of deals to sell the Chinese manufacturer’s smartphones to US consumers. However, it didn’t stop the company from trying to enter the US market as several retailers started selling unlocked device to consumers. Now, the company has received another setback as six intelligence officials in the United States have warned US citizens about using Chinese companies’ smartphones.
According to CNBC, the officials warned about the usage during a Senate Intelligence Committee earlier on Tuesday.
FBI director FBI Director Chris Wray said, “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.”
“That provides the capacity to exert pressure or control over our telecommunications infrastructure. It provides the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information. And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage.”
Shortly afterwards, Huawei responded to the claim with an official statement. The company said, “Huawei is aware of a range of US government activities seemingly aimed at inhibiting Huawei’s business in the US market.
“Huawei is trusted by governments and customers in 170 countries worldwide and poses no greater cybersecurity risk than any ICT vendor, sharing as we do common global supply chains and production capabilities.”
It will be interesting to see if Huawei can overcome the latest setback and recent PR problems. Shortly after Huawei Mate 10 Pro became available, the company was accused of putting up fake reviews in order to establish itself in the US market.