(The Hosting News) – The U.S. Congress appears to be pitted in a war against two top Chinese tech companies. Last Monday, the House of Representative’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released a report noting that companies Huawei and ZTE could pose a risk to American security standards.
While members of Congress maintained neither company fully cooperated during the investigation, the report did seem to indicate probable cause that the companies were possibly aligned with the Chinese government and military.
“The threat posed to U.S. national-security interests by vulnerabilities in the telecommunications supply chain is an increasing priority given: the country’s reliance on interdependent critical infrastructure systems; the range of threats these systems face; the rise in cyber espionage; and the growing dependence all consumers have on a small group of equipment providers,” stated the report.
Especially covered in the investigation was Huawei, who Congress said had probably failed to comply with U.S. laws regarding copyright protections, corruption, immigration and more. More specifically, the committee noted that the company had possibly violated international sanctions by dealing with Iran.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security could, meanwhile, follow up the matter with its own investigation.
The issue has had implications with other tech giants in the United States. Prominent company Cisco, which develops routers through its Linksys subsidiary has made sure it wants nothing to do with the implicated companies.
“They’ve got some people really questioning do they play by the rules, of which I’m clearly one of them who says, no they don’t,” previously commented Cisco CEO John Chambers in a report from CRN.com.
Huawei, meanwhile, has defended itself, accusing the House Committee of having what it called a “predetermined outcome.” “Unfortunately, the Committee’s report not only ignored our proven track record of network security in the United States and globally, but also paid no attention to the large amount of facts that we have provided,” stated the company through its blog.
Germany security researcher Felix Lindner previously told CNET in June that routers from Huawei were “riddled with vulnerabilities.” China has significantly raised U.S. cyber concerns with a high number of recent cyber breaches originating from the country.