China Is Weaponizing Technology Against US Citizens
Article by FLN Staff.
American privacy is under assault from every direction. As if pervasive spying by the U.S. Government wasn’t bad enough, now the Chinese are getting in on the action, if six U.S. Intelligence Agencies are to be believed. The warning comes from testimony delivered by F.B.I. Director Christopher Wray, who warned about the security implications about buying products made by the Chinese firm Huawei, which has tight ties to the government of the People’s Republic of China.
Government officials in the United States, as well as Australia, have long held concerns that software designed in China could be weaponized, either for spying, industrial espionage and even as a mechanism to initiate cyber warfare. The U.S. Government has pressured both Sprint and AT&T to not partner with the Chinese company or to use their network equipment. The C.I.A., F.B.I., N.S.A., and others are afraid of the Chinese gaining access to America’s technological infrastructure.
Huawei insists they are independent, though U.S. Senator Cotton (R-Ark.) says they are an “arm of the Chinese government”. The risks of partnering with Huawei haven’t gone unnoticed by the tech community. We don’t know if this is the American pot calling the Chinese kettle black, or if these concerns are completely valid. We do know that we are tired of being spied on, so we are doing our part to inform the free market, rather than letting yet another government into your private life without letting you decide.