Wifi cards found and removed from Huaweibacked surveillance system in Pakistan

first_img SharePrint Concerns have been raised about the discovery and later removal of additional hardware installed into Pakistan’s major surveillance system by the Chinese technology giant, Huawei.The wi-fi transmitting cards were understood to be part of the bidding process which came with the full set up of the infrastructure for Lahore’s Punjab Safe City Authority (PSCA).Huawei’s representative told the BBC Panorama programme, that there had been confusion over what the hardware would do, stressing that it would help in providing diagnostic information.PSCA said that the hardware had existed to allow engineers the ability to connect to a wifi services and resolve technical issues without needing to open the cabinets. This wifi hardware had been part of the 2016 bid which would see the installation of 1,800 CCTV cabinets linked to a main network hub. This wifi feature was later requested to be removed the following year, over the ‘potential of misuse.’The representative described Huawei’s response to remove them, ‘prompt’ and compliant with their demands.Sources close to the project told the BBC that references to the hardware’s application were not clear from the outset.One of the sources explained that Huawei had not given technicians a way to access the wifi unit and that troubleshooting surveillance systems could easily be done from their hub network.Huawei in MaltaA similar surveillance system is currently in the works in Malta.The ‘Safe City Malta’ project is a collaborative programme between the Maltese government and Huawei, which would see the installation of sophisticated facial recognition technology (FRT) cameras as part of a pilot project in Paceville.Huawei: Malta rushes in where the US fears to treadHuawei: Is Big Brother watching you?The United States has already expressed its concerns over the Chinese company, saying that it acts an arm of the Chinese state, that has the potential to undermine and subvert the national integrity and security of a nation.The Nationalist Local Councillor Michael Briguglio has also written to EU Commissioners connected with privacy, security and civil liberties over the proper conduct of the operators ‘Safe City Malta’ and their processing of FRT data.Camera project needs impact assessment – Jourová to BriguglioNo threat, no vulnerabilityThe system which had been installed in the wake of terror bombings in 2016, is not deemed to be under threat nor were the wifi-cards installed believed to make the system more vulnerable, the PSCA told the BBC.However, there have been some concerns by locals following the leaking and circulation of images on social media which clearly show people travelling in their cars.Huawei is not suspected to be involved in this.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img

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