DNC warns candidates, members and campaign workers not to use Huawei or ZTE devices

DNC warns candidates, members and campaign workers not to use Huawei or ZTE devices
Back in 2012, members of Congress produced a report that called Chinese manufacturers ZTE and Huawei National Security threats. There was talk that devices made by both firms were spying on U.S. consumers and corporations. Such talk resurfaced earlier this year when at the last second, both Verizon and AT&T pulled back from offering the Huawei Mate 10 Pro after the U.S. government allegedly intervened. And it came up again when a bipartisan group on Capitol Hill tried to block the Trump administration's plan to lift the export ban placed on ZTE by the Commerce Department. ZTE was not allowed to source software, hardware and other components from U.S. companies because it failed to comply with penalties placed on the manufacturer. ZTE had sold goods and services to Iran and North Korea in violation of U.S. sanctions placed on those countries.

ZTE and Huawei phones are no longer sold on U.S. military bases, and now the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is warning candidates, and those working for the party and on campaigns, not to use any mobile device made by the pair. The DNC's chief security officer, Bob Lord, wrote a memo to DNC members yesterday telling them not to purchase or use a ZTE or Huawei phone even if it is free or low priced. The warning covers both work and personal phones.

Back in February, top security officials from the alphabet soup that makes up U.S. defense agencies warned the Senate Intelligence Committee about the risks posed by Chinese smartphone manufacturers. The committee heard from FBI Director Christopher Wray who said that the G-men were "deeply concerned" about these companies' ties to the Chinese government. At the time, both Huawei and ZTE denied the allegations.


According to CNN, the recent warning came about after an organization related to the Democrats was planning on purchasing ZTE phones for its staff. ZTE is the fourth largest smartphone vendor in the U.S., and Huawei surpassed Apple in Q2 phone shipments to become the world's second largest smartphone manufacturer.

source: CNN

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27 Comments

1. yobolegend

Posts: 53; Member since: Sep 14, 2016

Fear Me Not

2. Nostromo79

Posts: 171; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

What isn't thoroughly infiltrated and corrupt present day? I'll ask Alexa!

3. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

It's funny how the developer community with unlocked bootloaders and open source android haven't found anything on zte and huawei devices so far. On the other hand Huawei's refusal to allow unlocking of bootloaders now does raise questions.

4. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 153; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

Huh? I got my my Mate 10's bootloader unlocked directly from Huawei.

29. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Yes but they're stopping that going forward.

5. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Zte and Huawei’s firmware isn’t open source, as far as I know.

7. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Huawei is like the CNN of China. Would you use a phone developed by CNN? Just saying.

11. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

I won't buy anything chinese. If you want 100% privacy buy Samsung or LG. That way for sure you won't be spied on by both the NSA and the chinamans

16. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

The only ones actually caught doing anything is the NSA who were exposed as hacking Huawei's servers multiple times. This was revealed in Snowden's file leaks. Strange how the guilty ones like to throw mud around to detract from themselves.

19. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

Actually isn't this spanning over from the ZTE/Huawei's infrastructure level network gears found with backdoor? Also few years backhttps://www.zdnet.com/article/researchers-find-backdoor-on-zte-android-phones/

21. Paximos

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Well, many companies do just the same and they have yet to raise an eyebrow!! Our good ole American Facebook is more dangerous than any of these Chinese phone manufacturers can be!!!.

30. poopypants78

Posts: 31; Member since: Jul 13, 2017

Things were found in the ZTE Browser on the Axon 7 Mini: Android/Pup.Riskware.autoins.ume . Unfortunately I can't link to the source due to the less than 30 posts restriction

6. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Why are they pretending like they’d pay for these phones anyhow? They work on Capital Hill... they aren’t buying ZTE phones of their own volition.

8. Joosty

Posts: 491; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Better safe than sorry I guess. iOS should be mandatory for US Government officials or office workers. Its USA based.

23. Paximos

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Made in China though...

24. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

*assembled

9. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 192; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

Are the DNC afraid these devices will reveal the fascist US govt spying on its own citizens?

10. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

What?

20. tedkord

Posts: 17481; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, they figure the Russians, working once again with Trump, will hack them.

25. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

The Russians already hacked your brain. Tighten up the tin foil hat to keep them out.

13. tiz_meh

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Any phone or roms that I see taobao or baidu folder in file manager then adios

17. Bondurant

Posts: 786; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

China should just stop manufacturing for Apple.

26. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

China doesn’t manufacture for Apple. Just cheap labor for assembly.

18. S4NDY

Posts: 267; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

so they are no more "democratic"

22. tedkord

Posts: 17481; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What?

27. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I think in a few more years the DNC will be irrelevant. The anti-American communists, socialists, and fascists took it over.

28. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 153; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

But the current head of the republican party is fascist...

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