Chinese caught trying to bug Israeli embassy

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Sunday, January 4, 2004

A security officer in the Israeli Embassy in Beijing caught a group of Chinese technicians last month attempting to plant electronic eavesdropping devices in the embassy's telephone lines.

The officer spotted the technicians near a telephone switch box on the street near the embassy, according to the Ma'ariv newspaper.

The Chinese told the Israeli guard that they were from the Chinese Foreign Ministry information security department. The officer then asked the technicians to undo the work and leave.

The Chinese are known to conduct aggressive electronic eavesdropping operations on all foreign facilities in China.

This was not the first time the Chinese had tried to plant eavesdropping devices on telephone lines, which are used for encrypted communications as well as for open telephone calls.

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