Speaking at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Tuesday, the heads of the CIA, the NSA, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the director of national intelligence, all spoke about the potential dangers of owning or using a mobile device from foreign tech giants Huawei - an Apple competitor - and ZTE.
The heads of six major USA intelligence agencies have warned private citizens of the United States against using products and services offered by Huawei and ZTE, its fellow telecom company based out of China. So far, none has been provided.
Wray warned that such level of power will allow Chinese agencies to exert control over the USA communications networks. "And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage". Reports said us lawmakers urged AT&T to pull out of the deal.
Despite these setbacks, Huawei is still selling an unlocked version of its flagship Mate 10 Pro in the US. And desperate times call for desperate measures. Such a recommendation won't really come as much of a shock, and may even do something to solidify some recent rumors we've been hearing. Plus, Wray believes that the Chinese could carry out espionage activities on USA soil and get away with it. "We've also won spots on all of the European carriers".
Huawei has responded to claims from top USA intelligence agencies that it poses a potential risk, telling TechRadar it "poses no greater cyber security risk than any ICT (information and communications technology) vendor".
The intelligence chiefs said they were "deeply concerned" about the risks posed by these devices, though Huawei denies any wrongdoing.
"Huawei is aware of a range of US government activities seemingly aimed at inhibiting Huawei's business in the USA market".
But the USA lawmakers aren't sold with Huawei's reassurance.
CNBC reports that they focused on the risks of using commercial network products from Huawei and ZTE, but extended the warning to consumers too.
The intelligence chief told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that American telecom companies should be cautious of Chinese technology companies that have links with foreign governments. This could include altering information or stealing it altogether.