Skip to comments.US Military Bans Huawei, ZTE Phones
Posted on 05/05/2018 6:40:37 AM PDT by Enlightened1
Washington (AFP) - Personnel on US military bases can no longer buy phones and other gear manufactured by Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE, after the Pentagon said the devices pose an "unacceptable" security risk.
Concerns have heightened at the Pentagon about consumer electronics being used to snoop on or track service members.
"Huawei and ZTE devices may pose an unacceptable risk to (military) personnel, information and mission," Pentagon spokesman Major Dave Eastburn said on Friday.
"In light of this information, it was not prudent for the Department's exchanges to continue selling them," he added, referring to the military-run shops on US bases around the world.
Eastburn said the order to pull Huawei devices was given on April 25.
"Given security concerns about ZTE cell phones and related products, the (Pentagon's) exchange services also removed ZTE products from their stores," he said.
Eastburn could not discuss the technical aspects of the potential threats, but The Wall Street Journal said the Pentagon fears the Chinese government could track soldiers using Huawei or ZTE devices.
Huawei spokesman Charles Zinkowski said the firm's devices meet the highest standards of security, privacy and engineering in every country it operates in, including the US.
"We remain committed to openness and transparency in everything we do and want to be clear that no government has ever asked us to compromise the security or integrity of any of our networks or devices," Zinkowski said in a statement.
ZTE did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In January, the Pentagon said it was reviewing its policy on fitness apps and wearable fitness trackers after exercise-logging company Strava published a map compiling its users' activity.
In Iraq and Syria, viewers could easily spot beacons of activity in remote places where military bases are located, presumably favorite jogging..
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I had a 2013 ZTE flip phone up until about six months ago. Hmmm...
They’ll steal all your stuff
You can’t track people and steal all their stuff! That’s the US government’s job!
Change the name of the company and relabel all the phones, send from a new location, etc. It’ll take the US another 5 years to catch up, again. It annoys the heck out me that troops are allowed to carry such devices into operational areas anyway!! Give away locations much? Tactical intel much? Names much? Good grief!!
I was considering a ZTE phone earlier this year. I’m glad I went with LG.
The African Union headquarters hack and Australias 5G network
In January 2018, Frances Le Monde newspaper published an investigation, based on multiple sources, which found that from January 2012 to January 2017 servers based inside the AUs headquarters in Addis Ababa were transferring data between 12 midnight and 2 amevery single nightto unknown servers more than 8,000 kilometres away hosted in Shanghai. Following the discovery of what media referred to as data theft, it was also reported that microphones hidden in desks and walls were detected and removed during a sweep for bugs.
What seems to have been entirely missed in the media coverage at the time was the name of the company that served as the key ICT provider inside the AUs headquarters.
It was Huawei.
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