PLA has set up Chinese version of ‘PRISM’ monitoring in Hong Kong

from The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has established a large-scale signals
and information monitoring facility in Hong Kong similar to the U.S. PRISM monitoring program
, according to the Canada-based Kanwa
Information Center.

In a report obtained by CNA, Kanwa, which
publishes a monthly magazine on Asian defense issues, said that
intelligence experts have made the findings after observing the facility
from the top of Tai Mo Shan (pictured), the highest mountain in Hong Kong with a
altitude of 950 meters. The facility was reportedly constructed in 2011.

photos show that with a diameter of 15.63 meters, the facility is far
larger than the aerial fairings of Hong Kong’s weather radar and
aviation radar, which Kanwa said allows it to intercept and record
signals from telephones, cellphones, Wi-Fi networks and radios.

looks similar to other data mining facilities established in Kashgar in
the restive western regions of Xinjiang and Tibet and along the
contested border with India, Kanwa said. It is likely manned by the
PLA’s Unit 61398, the alleged source of China’s major cyber attacks, the
center said.

“It’s the Chinese version of the U.S. PRISM
program,” mainly targeted at democracy activists’ communications with
foreign diplomats in the former British colony, Kanwa said. Political
figures may also be the targets of the monitoring facility, it added.


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