There’s a new smartphone hitting the markets that promises the usual amount of awesome smartphone features — but some think that purchasing one could be a major security risk. The FBI, CIA and NSA don’t want you to buy China’s Huawei smartphones, which are trying to make their way into U.S. markets. The company’s ties to the Chinese government are raising red flags for American intelligence agencies. The company was founded by an engineer who worked in China’s People’s Liberation Army and is thought to be an effective arm of the Chinese government. This prompted a ban on all Huawei bidding on U.S. government contracts. FBI director Chris Wray testified during a recent hearing about his concern of the telecommunications company and fear that the phones could be used to steal info or provide undetected espionage. Huawei is the second biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world, right behind Samsung, It’s tried to sell phone through AT&T in the past, but they’re still unavailable through traditional retailers. Huawei could not be reached for a comment, but if you’re worried about a cybersecurity risk, and don’t want to carry an alleged spy in your pocket, consider a different smartphone when your upgrade is available.
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