Tuesday, January 30, 2018

TSCM: African Union Headquarters China Built Found To Be Bugged

China has again been accused of state-sponsored espionage after several information backdoors were discovered in the African Union (AU) headquarters it built in the Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

The AU is a bloc of the 55 countries in Africa, where China has been trying to spread it’s influence in quest of the natural resources the continent holds. As part of it’s African outreach, China had financed and built the AU headquarters at a cost of $200 million in 2012. The building was inaugurated with much fanfare as a symbol and was meant to be a symbol of Chinese-African partnership.

However, an investigation by the French newspaper Le Monde has revealed that data from the servers in the AU headquarters was being transferred to Shanghai every night since the last five years, starting 2012. A followup sweep of the building led to the discovery of microphones embedded in desks and walls of the building revealing major cracks in the building’s security.

The AU has since replaced the Chinese machines with it’s own servers and is moving to encrypt it’s data and communications. more