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China Accused (Again) of Spying on the African Union

Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP

Today’s Reuters report that detailed how suspected Chinese hackers broke into African Union data networks to siphon off surveillance video sparked a whole new round of “I told you so.”

The initial reaction online to the report was essentially what do you expect when the Chinese built the building? But that’s kind of a dumb way of looking at the issue, because the fact that the Chinese built the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa ultimately doesn’t really matter. If they wanted to get into the AU’s networks, they would find a way, whether they built the building or not.

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