Is Chinese Cyber Espionage a Real Threat to South Africa?

Chinese surveillance giant Hikvision has sold thousands of security cameras in South Africa and soon Johannesburg's suburbs will see an unprecedented increase of Hikvision's presence. But their products, along with Huawei and ZTE, face a ban in the United States following rising fears of Chinese cyber espionage. Unlike the U.S., however, South Africa's State Security Agency - with its own shady past - has enjoyed a close relationship with China's security forces. Heidi Swart of Daily Maverick delved into the details of the U.S. ban and discovered chilling implications for South Africans.

TOP: CCTV cameras. Bottom-left: Chinese flag. Bottom-right: South African flag.

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