U.S. Telecom Companies Use Chinese Tech That May Pose Security Risk | NBC Nightly News

U.S. Telecom Companies Use Chinese Tech That May Pose Security Risk | NBC Nightly News


OUR RICHARD ENGEL TAKES US INSIDE ONE OF THOSE COMPANIES. TAKES US INSIDE ONE OF THOSE COMPANIES.>>GOOD JOB. THOSE COMPANIES.>>GOOD JOB.>>Reporter: JOHN>>GOOD JOB.>>Reporter: JOHN NETTLES MEETS HIS>>Reporter: JOHN NETTLES MEETS HIS CUSTOMERS EVERY DAY. NETTLES MEETS HIS CUSTOMERS EVERY DAY. THEY’RE HIS NEIGHBORS CUSTOMERS EVERY DAY. THEY’RE HIS NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS. THEY’RE HIS NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS. HIS COMPANY, PINE BELT AND FRIENDS. HIS COMPANY, PINE BELT TELECOMS, SERVES A HIS COMPANY, PINE BELT TELECOMS, SERVES A COMMUNITY OF ABOUT TELECOMS, SERVES A COMMUNITY OF ABOUT 100,000 IN RURAL COMMUNITY OF ABOUT 100,000 IN RURAL ALABAMA. 100,000 IN RURAL ALABAMA.>>THIS IS THE HEART ALABAMA.>>THIS IS THE HEART OF THE SYSTEM, PRETTY>>THIS IS THE HEART OF THE SYSTEM, PRETTY MUCH. OF THE SYSTEM, PRETTY MUCH. EVERY PHONE CALL IS MUCH. EVERY PHONE CALL IS MADE AND EVERY EVERY PHONE CALL IS MADE AND EVERY INTERNET SESSION MADE AND EVERY INTERNET SESSION THAT’S MADE PROCESSES INTERNET SESSION THAT’S MADE PROCESSES THROUGH ONE OF THESE THAT’S MADE PROCESSES THROUGH ONE OF THESE PIECES OF EQUIPMENT. THROUGH ONE OF THESE PIECES OF EQUIPMENT.>>Reporter: AND THAT PIECES OF EQUIPMENT.>>Reporter: AND THAT IS THE PROBLEM,>>Reporter: AND THAT IS THE PROBLEM, BECAUSE THE EQUIPMENT IS THE PROBLEM, BECAUSE THE EQUIPMENT IS MADE BY A CHINESE BECAUSE THE EQUIPMENT IS MADE BY A CHINESE COMPANY CALLED ZTE, IS MADE BY A CHINESE COMPANY CALLED ZTE, AND U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMPANY CALLED ZTE, AND U.S. INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS SAY THE AND U.S. INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS SAY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT CAN OFFICIALS SAY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT CAN USE IT TO SPY ON CHINESE GOVERNMENT CAN USE IT TO SPY ON AMERICANS. USE IT TO SPY ON AMERICANS. NETTLES WAS SURPRISED AMERICANS. NETTLES WAS SURPRISED TO HEAR THAT. NETTLES WAS SURPRISED TO HEAR THAT. DO YOU THINK THAT TO HEAR THAT. DO YOU THINK THAT CHINA WOULD BE DO YOU THINK THAT CHINA WOULD BE INTERESTED IN THE DATA CHINA WOULD BE INTERESTED IN THE DATA THAT YOU HAVE THAT INTERESTED IN THE DATA THAT YOU HAVE THAT YOUR SERVERS ARE THAT YOU HAVE THAT YOUR SERVERS ARE COLLECTING? YOUR SERVERS ARE COLLECTING?>>WHEN THEY GO ON COLLECTING?>>WHEN THEY GO ON THERE AND SPY ON THE>>WHEN THEY GO ON THERE AND SPY ON THE PINE TREES AND THE THERE AND SPY ON THE PINE TREES AND THE COWS, PROBABLY NOT. PINE TREES AND THE COWS, PROBABLY NOT.>>Reporter: BUT THE COWS, PROBABLY NOT.>>Reporter: BUT THE DANGER, ANALYSTS WARN,>>Reporter: BUT THE DANGER, ANALYSTS WARN, IS THAT ONCE CHINA DANGER, ANALYSTS WARN, IS THAT ONCE CHINA TAPS INTO AMERICAN IS THAT ONCE CHINA TAPS INTO AMERICAN CELL AND INTERNET TAPS INTO AMERICAN CELL AND INTERNET NETWORKS, IT CAN CELL AND INTERNET NETWORKS, IT CAN ACCESS ALL OF THE NETWORKS, IT CAN ACCESS ALL OF THE TRAFFIC THAT RUNS ACCESS ALL OF THE TRAFFIC THAT RUNS THROUGH THEM. TRAFFIC THAT RUNS THROUGH THEM.>>WHAT THOSE THROUGH THEM.>>WHAT THOSE COMPANIES WHO ARE>>WHAT THOSE COMPANIES WHO ARE STATE-DIRECTED, COMPANIES WHO ARE STATE-DIRECTED, STATE-FUNDED AND UNDER STATE-DIRECTED, STATE-FUNDED AND UNDER CONTROL OF THE STATE-FUNDED AND UNDER CONTROL OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY ARE CONTROL OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY ARE REQUIRED TO DO UNDER COMMUNIST PARTY ARE REQUIRED TO DO UNDER CHINESE LAW, IT REQUIRED TO DO UNDER CHINESE LAW, IT CREATES A MAJOR CHINESE LAW, IT CREATES A MAJOR VULNERABILITY. CREATES A MAJOR VULNERABILITY.>>Reporter: LAST WEEK VULNERABILITY.>>Reporter: LAST WEEK CONGRESS GRILLED THE>>Reporter: LAST WEEK CONGRESS GRILLED THE HEADS OF THE CONGRESS GRILLED THE HEADS OF THE INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES HEADS OF THE INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES ABOUT ZTE AND ANOTHER INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES ABOUT ZTE AND ANOTHER CHINESE TECH COMPANY ABOUT ZTE AND ANOTHER CHINESE TECH COMPANY HUAWEI. CHINESE TECH COMPANY HUAWEI.>>HOW MANY YOU HAVE HUAWEI.>>HOW MANY YOU HAVE WOULD USE A TELECOM>>HOW MANY YOU HAVE WOULD USE A TELECOM PRODUCT MADE BIWA WAY WOULD USE A TELECOM PRODUCT MADE BIWA WAY AND ZTE. PRODUCT MADE BIWA WAY AND ZTE.>>Reporter: NOT ONE AND ZTE.>>Reporter: NOT ONE HAND WENT UP.>>Reporter: NOT ONE HAND WENT UP.>>EVERYTHING WIRES IN HAND WENT UP.>>EVERYTHING WIRES IN TO HERE.>>EVERYTHING WIRES IN TO HERE.>>Reporter: NETTLES TO HERE.>>Reporter: NETTLES BOUGHT ZTE EQUIPMENT>>Reporter: NETTLES BOUGHT ZTE EQUIPMENT BECAUSE IT WAS THE BOUGHT ZTE EQUIPMENT BECAUSE IT WAS THE CHEAPEST. BECAUSE IT WAS THE CHEAPEST. HE SAYS IF THE CHEAPEST. HE SAYS IF THE GOVERNMENT ORDERS HIM HE SAYS IF THE GOVERNMENT ORDERS HIM TO GET RID OF IT, THAT GOVERNMENT ORDERS HIM TO GET RID OF IT, THAT WOULD COST MILLIONS TO GET RID OF IT, THAT WOULD COST MILLIONS THAT HE DOESN’T HAVE. WOULD COST MILLIONS THAT HE DOESN’T HAVE.>>JUST ABOUT EVERY THAT HE DOESN’T HAVE.>>JUST ABOUT EVERY ASSEMBLY WE HAVE HAS>>JUST ABOUT EVERY ASSEMBLY WE HAVE HAS SOME ELEMENT OF IT WAS ASSEMBLY WE HAVE HAS SOME ELEMENT OF IT WAS MANUFACTURED IN CHINA. SOME ELEMENT OF IT WAS MANUFACTURED IN CHINA.>>Reporter: THE TRUMP MANUFACTURED IN CHINA.>>Reporter: THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BANNED>>Reporter: THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BANNED ZTE AND HUAWEI ADMINISTRATION BANNED ZTE AND HUAWEI COMPONENTS FROM ZTE AND HUAWEI COMPONENTS FROM NETWORKS WITH COMPONENTS FROM NETWORKS WITH GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS. NETWORKS WITH GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS. SO NO MAJOR CARRIERS GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS. SO NO MAJOR CARRIERS USE THEM. SO NO MAJOR CARRIERS USE THEM. BUT A TRADE USE THEM. BUT A TRADE ASSOCIATION TELLS US BUT A TRADE ASSOCIATION TELLS US 150 OF THESE SMALLER ASSOCIATION TELLS US 150 OF THESE SMALLER NETWORKS DO. 150 OF THESE SMALLER NETWORKS DO. ZTE AND HUAWEI DID NOT NETWORKS DO. ZTE AND HUAWEI DID NOT RESPOND TO REQUESTS

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