Huawei Bombshell: Extensive Cyber Spying On Beijing's Political Opponents In Africa Revealed

Zero Hedge | 8/14/2019 | Staff
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A feature full-length WSJ story today confirms Washington's worst fears over controversial Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. Though it's been no secret that Chinese corporations have expanded all over Africa, and that China's influence has risen dramatically there in the past decade, the WSJ report reveals that Huawei has been spying on political opponents of African leaders backed by Beijing.

The report details how the firm's technicians have "helped African governments spy on their political opponents, including intercepting their encrypted communications and social media, and using cell data to track their whereabouts," citing senior security officials coordinating with Huawei employees in these countries.

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The bombshell report documented about a half-dozen significant incidents in which Huawei technicians hacked and intercepted communications of African leaders and governments.

Both Beijing officials and Huawei executives have denied the report, saying they've not authorized any such hacking or cyber eavesdropping assistance to African leaders or governments.

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Huawei in a written statement to the Journal asserted the company has “never been engaged in ‘hacking’ activities,” and further said it “rejects completely these unfounded and inaccurate allegations against our business operations.”

“Our internal investigation shows clearly that Huawei and its employees have not been engaged in any of the activities alleged. We have neither the contracts, nor the capabilities, to do so,” Huawei's rebuttal claimed.

Highlights - WSJ - Report

Among the highlights of the lengthy WSJ report include the following:

"In Kampala, Uganda, last year, a group of six intelligence officers struggled to contain a threat to the 33-year regime of President Yoweri Museveni, according to Ugandan senior security officials. A pop star turned political sensation, Bobi Wine, had returned from Washington with U.S. backing for his opposition movement, and Uganda’s cyber-surveillance unit had strict orders to intercept his encrypted communications, using the broad powers of a 2010 law that gives the government the ability 'to secure its...
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