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  • The US wants to kill part of an 8,000 mile undersea cable linking Hong Kong with LA over China spying fears

    The US wants to kill part of an 8,000 mile undersea cable linking Hong Kong with LA over China spying fears

    A DOJ committee is worried a cable connecting the US with Hong Kong could be vulnerable to hacking by the Chinese government. The committee said it fears a cable to Hong Kong could be vulnerable to being tapped by the Chinese government, and is particularly concerned by the fact a large investor in the cable was a Hong Kong-based company called Dr. Peng Ltd which it says is the "fourth largest provider of telecommunications services in the PRC [People's Republic of China]."

    H/T: Business Insider

    According to a release from the DOJ Office of Public Affairs:

    PLCN’s high capacity and low latency would encourage U.S. communications traffic crossing the Pacific to detour through Hong Kong before reaching intended destinations in other parts of the Asia Pacific region. The Committee’s recommendation specified that it was not in U.S. national security or law enforcement interests to approve subsea cables landing in PRC territory when the PRC government has previously demonstrated the intent to acquire U.S. persons’ data. The recommendation also explained that PLCN’s proposed Hong Kong landing station would expose U.S. communications traffic to collection by the PRC. Such concerns have been heightened by the PRC government’s recent actions to remove Hong Kong’s autonomy and allow for the possibility that PRC intelligence and security services will operate openly in Hong Kong.

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