Chinese tech giant Huawei announced on Thursday that it had filed a lawsuit against the US government over a law that prohibits federal agencies from using its equipment. It then accused the US of hacking its servers and stealing information.

“We are compelled to take this legal action as a proper and last resort,” Huawei Chairman Guo Ping said in a press conference held in Shenzhen on Thursday.

The lawsuit seeks to overturn a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which bans US government agencies from using equipment from Huawei or ZTE. Huawei claims the legislation is unconstitutional, as it singles out a group or an individual “without any executive or judicial process.”

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Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen