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Wednesday, December 08, 2021

After months of investigating Chinese state-owned telecommunications companies for national security risks, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Oct. 26 issued an order on one, China Telecom: It can no longer provide telecommunications services in the United States.

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...In its order, the FCC enumerated specific national security and cybersecurity risks that China Telecom Americas poses. It said the firm (unsurprisingly, as it is owned by a Chinese state-owned telecom) "is subject to exploitation, influence, and control by the Chinese government and is highly likely to be forced to comply with Chinese government requests without sufficient legal procedures subject to independent judicial oversight."

The order added that China Telecom Americas could be influenced into allowing Beijing to "access, store, disrupt, and/or misroute U.S. communications." This is a reference to the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), the internet's "GPS" for traffic, which essentially operates on blind trust and is vulnerable to routine failure and manipulation. Chinese telecommunications companies have repeatedly exploited flaws in BGP to hijack and misroute reams of internet traffic, including from the U.S., through China....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-12-08 03:24 PM | Reply

WHY would they ever be allowed to do that in the first place?

#2 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-12-08 06:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#2

A most excellent question.

Wish I knew the answer.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-12-08 06:48 PM | Reply

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