House measure asks DHS to share info on potential ZTE cyber threat

A new House of Representatives measure would direct the Department of Homeland Security to give lawmakers more information on potential cybersecurity threats posed by Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE.

The “resolution of inquiry” introduced by Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., would ask DHS to provide the House Homeland Security Committee with any documentation the agency has on cyber risks introduced by use of ZTE products on federal, state, and local government networks.

U.S. intelligence officials have warned of the risk of cyber-espionage from ZTE due to its alleged links to the Chinese government, and the U.S. government has fined the company for violating U.S. sanctions on Iran and North Korea. The Pentagon earlier this month told vendors on military bases to stop selling devices from ZTE and another Chinese state-linked telecoms firm, Huawei.

Both Chinese firms have denied allegations that they enable espionage.

In an abrupt divergence from U.S. officials’ warnings, President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted that he

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