Chinese Military Feels Wearable Technology Poses Security Risk

Published By : 11 May 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The Chinese military has become wary of the various wearable technology devices used by its soldiers. Through its mouthpiece ‘PLA Daily’, the military has sent a warning to its soldiers, asking them to leave their smartwatches and fitness trackers at home as the devices may reveal their locations to the enemy. The warning is being seen as a measure to strengthen cyber security and eliminate the security threats potentially posed by foreign-owned technology. 

Citing the views of unnamed army experts, the report mentioned that recording video and shooting photos through devices such as intelligent glasses with microphone and high-definition camera may give away the whereabouts of the military, thereby compromising the security of the nation. Fitness trackers have been also advised to be kept away as they can track the activities of the soldiers and put the information on the internet. The network used by the PLA is independent and isolated from the public network. Outside network access has been strictly controlled and is only permitted through highly encrypted connections. According to the Daily, PLA is suspicious that some of the wearable technologies would be used to establish a wireless network. The report mentioned a recent incidence where a soldier in the Nanjing military region tried clicking a picture of his fellow officers with a smartwatch received as a gift from his girlfriend. The military has introduced a number of measures to reduce the risks posed by wearable devices. These include posting warnings, setting up security checks, and providing electromagnetic shielding in the key military regions. 

China has witnessed a rapid growth in internet technology in the past few years. A report by the China Internet Network Information Center revealed that the country had 649 million internet users by the end of the last year. However, the mainland is against the wide adoption of foreign-owned technology after former CIA Edward Snowden claimed that the US National Security Agency had been spying on Hong Kong and on mainland for years.  
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