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The Defense Department announced on Wednesday it has banned the sale of smartphones made by the Chinese corporations Huawei and ZTE on U.S. military bases, describing them as an “unacceptable risk to the Department’s personnel, information, and mission.”
The Pentagon said that in light of information about the potential security vulnerabilities of the Chinese-made phones, “it was not prudent for the Department’s exchanges to continue selling them to DoD personnel.”
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The order to stop selling Huawei and ZTE phones, wireless modems, and other telecom products was actually given last Friday, according to the Defense Department. The order does not ban servicemembers from owning devices from the two companies or bringing them to work. Instead, it repeats a long-standing advisory to “be mindful of the security risks posed by the use of Huawei devices, regardless of where they were purchased.”
The new Defense Department statement did not elaborate on the security risks Huawei and ZTE devices pose, but it was presumably inspired by a February Senate Intelligence Committee briefing in which the heads of the major U.S. intelligence agencies expressed concerns about “allowing any company or entity that...
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