How Australia saved ANZUS from the CPC

Here is the untold story of how Australia saved ANZUS, via Reuters:

In early 2018, in a complex of low-rise buildings in the Australian capital, a team of government hackers was engaging in a destructive digital war game.

The operatives – agents of the Australian Signals Directorate, the nation’s top-secret eavesdropping agency – had been given a challenge. With all the offensive cyber tools at their disposal, what harm could they inflict if they had access to equipment installed in the 5G network, the next-generation mobile communications technology, of a target nation?

What the team found, say current and former government officials, was sobering for Australian security and political leaders: The offensive potential of 5G was so great that if Australia were on the receiving end of such attacks, the country could be seriously exposed. The understanding of how 5G could be exploited for spying and to sabotage critical infrastructure changed everything for the Australians, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

Mike Burgess, the head of the signals directorate, recently explained why the security of fifth generation, or 5G, technology was so important: It will be integral to the communications at the heart of a country’s critical infrastructure – everything from electric power to water supplies to sewage, he said in a March speech at a Sydney research institute.

Washington is widely seen as having taken the initiative in the global campaign against Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, a tech juggernaut that in the three decades since its founding has become a pillar of Beijing’s bid to expand its global influence. Yet Reuters interviews with more than two dozen current and former Western officials show it was the Australians who led the way in pressing for action on 5G; that the United States was initially slow to act; and that Britain and other European countries are caught between security concerns and the competitive prices offered by Huawei.

The Australians had long harbored misgivings about Huawei in existing networks, but the 5G war game was a turning point. About six months after the simulation began, the Australian government effectively banned Huawei, the world’s largest maker of telecom networking gear, from any involvement in its 5G plans. An Australian government spokeswoman declined to comment on the war game.

After the Australians shared their findings with U.S. leaders, other countries, including the United States, moved to restrict Huawei.

Basically, my sources tell me that as Australia took the Communist Party of China bribe in recent years, ANZUS was close to fracture. But we bought ourselves time and credibility with the above and the Turnbull push back against CPC influence in the Parliament.

That latter project is still only barely begun, with a large yet so far unfunded (after Turnbull) program for an all-of-government approach to contain CPC influence Downunder and secure our strategic sphere of influence.

Again, I can only cringe at the thought that these issues are now the hands of the Property Council PM who has the intellectual endeavour of a hot dog stuffed footy bogan.

Prove me wrong, ScoMo!

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  1. The only way ScroteMo can clap his way out of this one is by hanging out old mate Robbie… then keep hanging…

    • SupernovaMEMBER

      Agree…. and I think Turnbull had an ABC Catalyst medical science reporter Dr Maryanne Demasi fired due to her report on the health effects of current wireless radiation 2-4G. The fact that there has been a 300% increase in childhood neuronal cancers is convincing enough for me under our current soup of EMR. Hmmmmm me thinks Turncoat already has significant financial interest in 5G like he first did with Aussie email and he didn’t want Chinese interference was more from his own financial security, not protecting Australians being used as guinea pigs.
      There are currently several investigations into researching the health effects of 5G from the US to Brussels, Netherlands, Rome and Germany. Turncoat will try and stop any investigations in Australia, he only cares about his own profit and not the health effects of Australians living in 5G-soup and his decision to dump Labor’s optic fibre rollout and replace it with Turnbull-towers (already fit for 5G) was one of the worst decisions ever made in our parliament.

  2. That article completely glosses over what they actually achieved.
    We’re supposed to take it on faith that it was VERY BAD.

    Smells like propaganda.

    Not to say that there aren’t ways to control and monitor traffic. There are.
    But there are ways to block, redirect, or secure against.

    Public/Private key encryption works even on networks you know absolutely are compromised.

    Why would Huawei be able to control endpoints like power substations that are linked to their HQ via encrypted, authenticated tunnels – even over a compromised internet? How would they gain “root access” as it were to devices which assume they can’t trust anyone but the holder of the key (ie the way mobile devices are locked down and you can only update with the official firmware unless you crack them)?

    What makes 5g special in this regard compared to existing TCP/IP networks?

    Those are fundamental questions that needs to be answered before this can become credible information.

    • Ronin8317MEMBER

      It’s anti-Chinese propaganda made for those who don’t know about technology. These kind of new stories are appearing more often now, so the US is being serious about taking down Huawei.

    • C.M.BurnsMEMBER

      can you run Public/Private key encryption across a IOT network of tens of thousands of devices ?

      • Of course you can.

        There are more than 4bn devices connected to the internet right now which are using it.
        You’re using it right now. See the HTTPS in your address bar?

        To GROSSLY oversimplify it:
        MB gives you their public key. You use it to decrypt the site and encrypt whatever requests or posts you send to the site. MB keeps their private key private and uses it to encrypt the site to send to you and decrypt whatever you send.

        If you don’t get the private key, you can’t read the traffic unless you brute force it (which takes a very long time).

        Again, that is very, very oversimplified and an expert would call it completely wrong. But the basic concept is about right.

    • I may have an answer in the form of a press release.

      Partial quote :

      “Where previous mobile networks featured clear functional divisions between the core and the edge, 5G is designed so that sensitive functions currently performed in the physically and logically separated core will gradually move closer to the edge of the network.

      In that way, the distinction between the core and the edge will disappear over time.

      This shift introduces new challenges for carriers trying to maintain their customers’ security, as sensitive functions move outside of the highly protected core environment.

      This new architecture provides a way to circumvent traditional security controls by exploiting equipment in the edge of the network – exploitation which may affect overall network integrity and availability, as well as the confidentiality of customer data. A long history of cyber incidents shows cyber actors target Australia and Australians.

      Government has found no combination of technical security controls that sufficiently mitigate the risks.”

      My best guess is that the baseband chips have much broader cooperation with the towers somehow, and perhaps they’re able to access main memory? Rather than being fairly dumb, and not externally configurable, maybe it’s more of a master-slave relationship with too much trust in the core network allowing the core to boss it around much, much more?

      I really don’t know. I’m guessing. But it’s all I can think of.

      Anyone else know?

  3. I think you underestimate Morrison. Sure he likes the footy, is a happy clapper and was with the Property Council. So what. He aint no dummy.
    There is serious whiff of snobbery and intellectual superiority in many of your views. When are going to personally acknowledge you got the election seriously wrong?

  4. rob barrattMEMBER

    You realize that if Triggs had still been running the HRC the [email protected]@@@rds should have been convicted on a section 18c charge. Just think how many Chinese intelligence people we’ve caused offence to. A disgrace. Bring back Triggs.

  5. Even StevenMEMBER

    I can’t speak for the technology side of things, but anything that gives a good poke at the CCP is fine in my book. Allowing Huawei to build 5G (with potentially some added hardware that enables it to be disrupted at will) sounds like inviting trouble. The CCP is already flexing its muscles in South China Seas, Taiwan, Tibet, Uyghurs. Is it really that hard to imagine they’d pressure Huawei to add some “extra functionality”? And even if not now… in 5 years? 10 years? They play a long game…