WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Democratic National Committee warned occasion candidates operating in November elections not to use units made by Chinese telecommunications firms ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies as a result of they pose a safety danger, a Democratic source stated on Friday.
FILE PHOTO: People stroll previous a Huawei signal at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Asia 2018 in Shanghai, China June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo
U.S. lawmakers and the Trump administration have pressured U.S. firms to not promote Huawei or ZTE (000063.SZ) merchandise, saying they probably may very well be used to spy on Americans. Earlier this 12 months they pushed AT&T (T.N) to drop a take care of Huawei to promote its smartphones within the United States.
The source stated Bob Lord, the DNC’s chief safety officer, stated in a e-mail that it was vital for occasion and marketing campaign employees to be vigilant concerning the warnings.
“Please make sure that you are not using or purchasing ZTE or Huawei devices anywhere within your staff – for personal or work-related use,” Lord stated.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai told Congress in March he shared the considerations of U.S. lawmakers about espionage threats from Huawei.
“Hidden ‘back doors’ to our networks in routers, switches – and virtually any other type of telecommunications equipment – can provide an avenue for hostile governments to inject viruses, launch denial-of-service attacks, steal data, and more,” Pai stated on the time.
The U.S. Department of Defense has already stopped promoting cell phones and modems made by Huawei and ZTE in shops on its navy bases, citing potential safety dangers.
Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Nick Macfie