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China Denies Report it Hacked African Union Headquarters (reuters.com) 37

China and the African Union dismissed on Monday a report in French newspaper Le Monde that Beijing had bugged the regional bloc's headquarters in the Ethiopian capital. From a report: An article published Friday in Le Monde, quoting anonymous AU sources, reported that data from computers in the Chinese-built building had been transferred nightly to Chinese servers for five years. After the massive hack was discovered a year ago, the building's IT system including servers was changed, according to Le Monde. During a sweep for bugs after the discovery, microphones hidden in desks and the walls were also detected and removed, the newspaper reported. The $200 million headquarters was fully funded and built by China and opened to great fanfare in 2012. It was seen as a symbol of Beijing's thrust for influence in Africa, and access to the continent's natural resources.
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China Denies Report it Hacked African Union Headquarters

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  • Refreshing! (Score:2, Insightful)

    At least this story is not about "The Russians!"
  • by Anonymous Coward

    It was Trump and the damned Russkies! This is clearly paid-Russian propaganda in blaming the perfectly innocent Chinese who have never done anything wrong in human history.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Reminds me when the Russians built the American embassy.

  • They figured if it could recognize Nigerian and Chinese it was ready for anything.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    The building wasn't hacked, at least not as the term is generally used. China built the headquarters for the African Union and used the opportunity to install backdoors. The distinction is between exploiting an unintentional vulnerability versus one that was deliberately placed. This situation is the latter.

  • Apparently, Communist China makes YOU go inside Trojan Horse. Wait, how do these jokes work again?

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