Chinese Government Backdoor Spies on African Union RevealedBy: John Honovich, Published on Jan 29, 2018
China had 'donated' the building and computer system 6 years ago. As Le Monde explained:
In January 2017, the small computer unit of the AU discovered that its servers were strangely saturated between midnight and 2 am. The offices were empty, the activity was dormant, but data transfers were at a peak. A zealous computer scientist then looked into this anomaly and realized that the internal data of the AU were massively diverted. Every night, the secrets of this institution, according to several internal sources, found themselves stored more than 8,000 km from Addis Ababa, mysterious servers hosted somewhere in Shanghai, the Chinese megacity.
The report added that such transfers went on for 5 years, starting in 2012.
The Chinese furnished servers have since been removed and replaced.
China has been spending heavily to win over less developed countries as part of its 'Belt and Road' program.
Chinese Backdoor Concerns
Backdoor concerns in physical security are clearly rising, given backdoors in products from all 3 of the largest Chinese video surveillance manufacturers have been found in the past year (e.g., Hikvision, Dahua, Uniview).
Apologists often argue that China either (1) has no interest or (2) would not risk such backdoor misuse or (3) that it would be easy to immediately find out. The African Union backdoor spying undercuts all of that.
Use In Government Facilities
Given the African Union backdoor revelation, it increases the urgency of the question of whether products made by Chinese government-controlled companies, like Hikvision, should be used in any government facilities.
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