The U.S. House Intelligence Committee is warning American companies not to purchase equipment from Chinese manufacturers ZTE or Huawei.It has published a report stating that these two major Chinese telecommunications firms could constitute a national security risk.The report was authored by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., the chairman of the committee, and Rep. Charles Albert “Dutch” Ruppersberger, D-Md., ranking member. The two have also authored the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011, which has been strongly criticized for being too broad.Against a backdrop of fears of the threat posed to U.S. national security by vulnerabilities in the telecommunications supply chain and fears that China has the means, opportunity and motive to use telecommunications companies for malicious purposes, the Committee found that neither Huawei nor ZTE fully cooperated with its investigation into them.Both companies were unwilling to explain their relationships with the Chinese government or Chinese Communist Party, and neither provided clear and complete information on their corporate structures and decision making processes.Huawei didn’t provide detailed answers to questions about its alleged ties to the Chinese military, the report said. Further, it didn’t provide information about its investigation for tax fraud in 1999 by Beijing. Huawei also exhibits a pattern… Read full this story
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