Pentagon orders military exchanges to pull Chinese smartphones over security risks

The Pentagon has banned the sale of Chinese phones at military exchanges over security risks, it said on Wednesday.

Spokesman Maj. Dave Eastburn told Stars and Stripes that the Department of Defense’s (DOD’s) undersecretary for personnel and readiness issued a ban of “all Huawei and ZTE cellphones, personal mobile internet modems and related products from locations worldwide.”

More from his emailed statement:

“Given the security concerns associated with these devices, as expressed by senior US intelligence officials, it was not prudent for the Department’s exchange services to continue selling these products to our personnel.”

Military personnel haven’t been banned from using the Chinese phones yet, but that may well come: Eastburn said the DOD is “evaluating the situation” to see whether more security measures such as an outright ban might be needed. ..Read More..

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