Major cyber security flaws were found in the Beijing-funded data center in Port Moresby, where government files could be easily stolen without detection.
The report, provided to the Australian government, noted outdated encryption software was deployed by Huawei, while firewall settings were insufficient for a center designed to store the entire data archive of the PNG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.
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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.
Good morning to the lad who has to collate my tweets about Huawei - hope some Irish media pick up on this damning report about a Huawei data center in Papua New Guinea, what a great partner in your critical infrastructure. https://t.co/jh26sTh5Uo— Steve Conlon (@stevenconlon) August 11, 2020
Whoa! This report is something. Essentially says Huawei built a data center in Papua New Guinea that was optimized from the ground up for spying! Outdated hardware, broken algos, the full shebang!https://t.co/SGlNMe05bx pic.twitter.com/UXioXf57iF— Subrahmanyam KVJ (@SuB8u) August 11, 2020
Countries like PNG are super susceptible to ‘brown paper bag diplomacy’. Look what Huawei has done at the AU building in Addis Ababa. You don’t need to be at @ASDGovAu to figure it all out but some people .... @Nick_Xenophon https://t.co/DZ20cP7YBW— Andrew J Phelan (@ajphelo) August 11, 2020
Shows EXACTLY why you can NEVER trust #CCPChina. Papuan New Guinea’s government is left with a $53 million loan, a Huawei Data Center that spies on them and is already outmoded and useless! #BoycottChina#debttrapdiplomacy https://t.co/iNKsLkuHWw pic.twitter.com/VzI1rlitcu— SnowLion (@Shambha54222913) August 11, 2020
You don’t say.— Ajit Pai (@AjitPaiFCC) August 11, 2020
“Even with some relief, Africa, facing its worst recession ever and with few other sources for fresh loans, will likely remain deeply indebted to China for decades.” @alonsosotoj and @mattstephenhill in @business @BW.https://t.co/JYwDIESdJG