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    Huawei data centre built to spy on Papua New Guinea

    Major cyber security flaws were found in the Beijing-funded data center in Port Moresby, where government files could be easily stolen without detection. 

    H/T: Australian Financial Review

    The report, provided to the Australian government, noted outdated encryption software was deployed by Huawei, while firewall settings were insufficient for a center designed to store the entire data archive of the PNG government.

    More from Taiwan News:

    The report was commissioned by Papua New Guinea’s National Cyber Security Centre, which is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Financial Review reported. It was compiled by a cybersecurity contractor hired by DFAT and was given to the Australian government.

    The report pointed out that the setup of the data center was not in line with the intended design, which then created many security gaps. “Core switches are not behind firewalls. This means remote access would not be detected by security settings within the appliances,” it said.

    The 65-page report also found that the algorithm used to encrypt communications was considered “openly broken” by cybersecurity analysts two years before being installed by Huawei at the center. The Huawei firewalls employed in the Port Moresby facility reached their end life in 2016.

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