As Foreign Minister James Cleverly visits China in first trip in five years, security experts warn officials to use burner phones and beware of honeytraps

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UK Officials China Visit


MPs on the Intelligence and Security parliamentary committee suggested last month China maintains ‘the world’s largest state intelligence apparatus’. The British Embassy’s secure satellite phone system will almost certainly have been used to relay any sensitive messages. ... Cyber security expert Jamie MacColl, from the Royal United Services Institute, said: "Any computers brought to China will likely be rebuilt on their return. The working assumption has to be they will hack everything. When officials travel to China, the biggest risk is human error. You can have all the guidance and best practices you want but, if someone makes a mistake, there is the risk of exposure."