Could Chinese ships be tampering with undersea cables in the Pacific Ocean? 

May 20 – US officials are reporting growing concerns about a number of Chinese repair ships in the Pacific Ocean and what they could be doing to undersea cables that carry internet access across the continents, according to the Wall Street Journal. 

The cables, laid on the seabed, carry virtually all internet traffic, including for the military, under the sea. 

All it takes is physical access to the cables for spies to be able to access information. 

Apparently SB Submarine Systems, a state controlled Chinese company, has been repairing the cables, but the ships are disappearing from radar from time to time. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “Apparently this has been going on for years and it’s one of these things you don’t think about. There’s all these underground cables that much of the world’s internet traffic flows through under the Pacific Ocean. The Journal was pointing out that it’s Chinese companies that are assigned to fix this cable as it breaks. Obviously there’s concerns that they may be hacking into that and intercepting a lot of information. I’ll be curious today, does the federal government respond? Do other world governments respond? I think we all agree we don’t want the Chinese government or Chinese companies accessing this global internet pipeline. So I think that’s going to be big news today.”

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM asked, “Is the toothpaste out of the camel’s nose on that one?”

Barkdoll said, “And what do you do about it? I guess one thing would be to immediately ban any Chinese companies from repairing that pipeline or cable, but is the damage already done? Because they’ve been doing it for years. It’s international waters.” 

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.5FM asked, “Why did we outsource it? It’s one thing we’ve outsourced our trinkets and stuff all coming from China and clothes and whatnot, but those jobs? Why?”

Barkdoll said, “It’s weird because this cable is apparently owned by a lot of different private companies ranging from Meta and Google to other international companies and I think it’s one of these things that just over the years oh, here’s these Chinese companies, they’ll come fix it for you. No one ever thought to ask might this be a problem? It reminds me of the cranes from a couple of years ago on the floor and we need to replace all those cranes because there’s intelligence data that China could glean from the cranes.”

Jansen added, “And the Chinese made drones. That was another one.” 

“I threw mine in the trash,” Ryan said. 

Barkdoll said, “That’s going to be an interesting thing to watch this week.”