Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Cda-China-Cyber

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Cda-China-Cyber

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OTTAWA - An Israeli cybersecurity specialist says a Chinese telecommunication company secretly diverted Canadian internet traffic to China, affecting Rogers subscribers in the Ottawa area.

Yuval Shavitt says the 2016 incident involved the surreptitious rerouting of the internet data of Rogers customers in and around Canada's capital by China Telecom, a state-owned internet service provider.

The electrical engineering expert at Tel Aviv University tells The Canadian Press the China Telecom example should serve as a caution to the Canadian government.

He says it shows it's too dangerous to ever do business with another Chinese telecommunications giant -- Huawei (WAH'-way) Technologies.

The Trudeau government is still deciding whether Huawei or another company will be awarded a contract to supply the equipment and services needed to build Canada's next generation 5-G telecom networks. …

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