Don’t ‘sidestep’ hacking charges vs Duterte crony Dennis Uy’s partner China Telecom – Poe
Duterte crony Dennis Uy might have been declared the winner in the controversial bidding for the third telco slot but he has to clear the air on the hacking issues faced by China Telecom.
“There were security concerns earlier raised over the participation of a foreign firm and these should not be sidestepped,” said Senator Grace Poe in a statement.
“The Armed Forces of the Philippines and other intelligence agencies should weigh in on the qualifications,” she added.
The Chinese state-owned company, which has been touted by President Rodrigo Duterte as his preferred third player long before the November 7 bidding, has been hacking into internet networks in the United States and hijacking data from countless users.
A research study conducted jointly by scholars from the US Naval War College and Tel Aviv University, discovered that China, through China Telecom, has been engaged in data hacking even though it had entered into a pact with the US in 2015 to stop cyber operations aimed at intellectual property theft.
Researchers found that China Telecom uses BGPs (Border Gateway Protocols) in order to carry out their data intrusions.
Created in the early 1980s, BGP protocols do not feature any security controls, often resulting in misdirected traffic through “bad BGPs”. The majority of these cases are attributed to configuration mistakes.
Senator Grace Poe said the Department of Information and Communication Technology and National Telecommunications Commission “should be transparent and lay out the considerations that qualified the bidder.”