The House Intelligence Committee yesterday published a scathing report on networking technology from Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE as creating great security risks, and advocating that U.S. companies and government not buy or use products from these companies since they could pose a considerable threat to national security . The release of the report was prefaced by a segment on 60 Minutes last Sunday. It’s big news.
These companies are largely controlled by the Chinese government. Both adamently deny the accusation and declare they are as neutral and safe as any other vendor from any other country. A long series of articles in a plethora of business and tech pubs offer and/or refute the evidence. While right now we are at the rhetoric stage, some are expecting a possible trade war or other retalitatory action by the Chinese government. It’s pretty well known that the Chinese government sponsors hacking, industry espionage, and ‘liberating’ trade secrets from other countries. This could get ugly – well, uglier.