Pentagon Says Stores on U.S. Bases Should Stop Selling Phones Made by Huawei and ZTE

The Pentagon has a message for stores on US military bases: Stop selling phones made by Chinese tech giants Huawei and ZTE.

The devices could be security risks to the Defense Department, Pentagon spokesman Major Dave Eastburn said Wednesday.

“Huawei and ZTE devices may pose an unacceptable risk to [the department’s] personnel, information and mission,” he said in a statement. “In light of this information, it was not prudent for the Department’s exchanges to continue selling them to DoD personnel.”

Eastburn said he is not able to get into the technical aspects of potential threats, for security reasons.

The move by the Pentagon is the latest blow to Huawei and ZTE, which sell smartphones and telecommunications equipment around the world.

In a statement, Huawei said that its products are sold in 170 countries and “meet the highest standards of security, privacy and engineering in every country,” including the United States.

“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,” the company said.

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SOURCE: CNN Money, Julia Horowitz and Ryan Browne