edit: Fixed the link
The report argued that the Chinese government was using local ISPs for intelligence gathering by systematically hijacking BGP routes to reroute western traffic through its country, where it can log it for later analysis.
While some experts have criticized the paper, Madory is one of the people who stood by its technical accuracy -- albeit not by its politically-charged accusations-- confirming that China Telecom has rerouted western traffic through its network for years many times before.
However, Madory couldn't say if this was intentional, or a technical or human error.
Another massive security hole from dealing with China.
They are taking advantage of open western societies to strategically run rings around them.
It is necessary for any society to do intelligence gathering to defend itself, or it will soon be overwhelmed by an autocratic one.
In contrast, when the entire state apparatus is turned to the goals of a single leader or party, and to suppressing any dissent and plundering other countries, it is quite a different affair. While the US has institutionalized racism in it's police forces, this is being openly fought. In contrast, China massacres thousands in Tianamen square and actively wipes it from the record, and currently imprisons over a million, it is a far different story.
False equivalence actively undermines truth.
(NB: the current US administration is doing everything it can to turn the US into an autocratic state, i.e., where the entire state apparatus serves the personal goals of administrators. However, it is actually the relative independence of the various agencies and branches of govt, including the 17 Intel agencies that are helping thwart those tendencies.)
I really don’t think the US is a great democracy and we are significantly olichargic. On the other hand the Chinese government offers a fair amount of democratic decision making in some ways while squashing it in others. I really do think it’s hard to see one as morally superior than the other. It’s especially hard because I’ve been immersed in pro US propaganda my entire life.
Both are implicated, both are guilty. I fear there's little choice for the average citizen besides picking a side and living in relative obscurity.
While I can totally sympathise with your second sentence I'm optimistic enough to believe that we can do a lot more than pick a side and engage in tribalism. Expressing criticism of immoral behaviour of one's perceived "own side" is a way of fighting back and it's more effective when more people do it. It's the raison d'être of free speech laws.
One thing you could criticize them for is that they're one of the few larger ones that still don't use MANRS, which is most likely since they use BGP spoofing domestically for censorship.
This is not 'good faith'.
This is the Swiss leaving their doors unlocked by accident and China walking in and taking a few pictures, purposefully.
The Swiss company is to blame for making the mistake.
China telecom is to blame for not putting in place basic safeguards to prevent this.
Typos happen, everyone makes mistakes. Luckily internet routing has a system to prevent mistakes from spreading across the internet.
China is messing up this error protection system that everyone else is using by not participating.
You can't stop people from making mistakes, but hopefully you can get the people who are supposed to be preventing the mistakes to do their job.
A VPN would not change much unless the exit node is ran by an ISP/Hosting provider not affected by the route hijacking.
What I had in mind is this traffic being redirected for massive surveillance, traffic patterns, etc - which TLS would not fully solve, but it adds extra security or even partial obfuscation over your traffic patterns.
But going back to the main topic: None of this would happen if everyone was a nice person and we loved each other, either. Alas, it happens and you better add layers of defence.
As we know, there are very bad people on both sides.
Hard to take it seriously when the USA was the one meddling in other countries’ affairs for such a long time (Iran’s Mosadek government in the 50’s being my favorite peeve).