In a seeming case of Chinese espionage, data has been transferred from servers in the African Union headquarters in Ethiopia to Shanghai for five years at unusual times of the day.
China had built and equipped the African Union headquarters as a gift five years ago, providing the building with all its electronic systems. In January 2017, technicians at the African Union discovered that data transfers from their servers were peaking between midnight and 2 am — when the headquarters building was empty. The data transfers were tracked to an unknown server in Shanghai. The transfers seemed to have been going on every day for five years. An African Union official brushed off the claim saying, “The Chinese have nothing to listen to.” Le Monde and The Intercept, who helped in the investigation, also found evidence of the US National Security Agency and British intelligence had also spied on the African Union. China has strongly denied that it was involved in spying on the African Union.
January 31, 2018