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Guyana in the grip of China's cyber army
Published on May 29, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

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Source: Epoch Times

By Caribbean News Now contributor

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Writing on Wednesday in the Epoch Times, a privately held news media company with an emphasis on coverage of China, author Dennis Adonis claims that China’s dangerous cyber army has a firm grip on Guyana and the rest of the Caribbean.

This follows two recent Caribbean News Now articles addressing the potential security vulnerability of the region as a result of donated computer hardware and other electronic devices.

According to Adonis, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member nations of Guyana and Jamaica are probably the Caribbean’s leading beneficiaries of Chinese investments, and arguably the region’s principal users of mostly counterfeit technology out of Beijing.

“From the computer units used by every government department, to Guyana’s One Laptop Per Family Project, the Chinese government-planted Hubber Spy Worm has certainly given China a firm clandestine hold on every single keystroke, email, and communication emanating from the Guyanese government, and even that of its citizens,” Adonis writes.

This spy tool, along with a Chinese dedicated propaganda news channel broadcasting from Georgetown, has now reportedly given Beijing a firm grip over the national security, social, economic and diplomatic affairs of Guyana; and by extension a larger section of the English-speaking Caribbean Community.

By itself, Guyana is probably China’s main regional economic playground, communications harvesting hub, and largest but unwitting host of HUB 79 – a Chinese government-backed cyber-army in the Caribbean.

“Strangled by accusations of rampant corruption, a parallel underground economy and political nepotism, Guyana opportunistically became the ideal candidate for the Chinese government regional spy hub and an epicenter for information harvesting, more than five years ago,” Adonis says.

According to Rabin Seth, a retired Israeli intelligence officer whose government has been busy uncovering a map of China’s cyber warfare hubs, the primary objective of Hub 79 (in Guyana) is to dig into the computers of Guyanese government officials, the CARICOM Secretariat, diplomatic missions, media houses, journalists, politicians, diplomatic officials, military personnel, and similar units, to retrieve all information that can advance China’s economic, trade, security, and military interests.

He added that the Chinese government-funded Datang Group’s purchase of shares in Guyana’s main telecommunication service provider, GT&T, was no accident, neither is the presence of Huawei Technologies in that country’s eGovernance Project a coincidence.

Seth reminded Epoch Times that several countries including the United States have banned Huawei from their respective government projects, since the company was repeatedly classified as a Chinese government intelligence tool, and a serious threat to many countries’ national security.

“But being technologically docile, and lacking the availability of even a single qualified ICT security engineer, Guyana would probably never be able to detect, much more to deter China’s continued spying on its entire technological infrastructure,” Adonis points out.

The United States has already warned the Caribbean about the scope and degree of Beijing’s cyber army, and has even issued wanted bulletins for several Chinese government officials for thousands of spy attacks on US technological interests over the past few months alone.

“However, even with those warnings, countries like Guyana and Jamaica continue to toe the technology line unguarded, but have never stopped to wonder how the Chinese government could have known that either nation needs a deep water harbour or an expanded airport, long before they even asked Beijing for funding,” Adonis concludes.

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