Remember All Those Computers The Chinese Gave To The Barbados Military?

The Communist Chinese are famous for “knock-off” products – fake replicas of everything like perfume, movies, handbags, clothing and watches. Aside from the whole issue of theft of profits there are, of course, issues with quality.

It may not matter if your substandard fake Nike runners fail, but when we start talking fake aircraft components, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment… that takes us to another level. There’s nothing like an airliner with a defective cabin door pressurization seal to make your day exciting!

But now there is a new concern – counterfeit computers, servers and software designed to compromise the security of your confidential electronic data. For individuals, that means your personal data – for governments and the military the implications are staggering.

So how about all those computers that the Chinese gave to the Barbados military, police and Coast Guard?

Nothin’ be free, my friends. Nothing…

World Tribune – FBI: China may use counterfeit Cisco routers to penetrate U.S. networks

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18 responses to “Remember All Those Computers The Chinese Gave To The Barbados Military?

  1. Hopi

    BFP, as you can see its only recently that I’ve started visiting your site, so pardon me if I’ve missed any of your supporting arguments in China’s favour or your opposing arguments towards all the other civilized violators of humanity. Maybe I’m paranoid, but it seems like you are constantly bashing the noodles out of China. Why? Did any of this software or hardware compromise the Barbados military or government? (Oops once it comes from the FBI its nothing but the TRUTH). What do you have to say about the fact that your telephone conversations are no longer private, or that you can be tracked by your cell phone wherever you go, or that your person is subjected to intrusive scans at airports, or that cameras are on every street corner in major cities, or that there is constant bombardment of our skies with chemtrails? I think humanity has more to fear from those great freedom-loving governments and corporations who many of “us” revere. We are being poisoned every day with their GM foods and their toxic vaccines. Did’nt YRH prince philip say that after his death he would like to return to this earth as a virus? By the way I’m not a torch bearer for China but show some equilibrium.

  2. peltdownman

    And when they hack into the Barbados Defence Force computers, they will find everyone logged on to Barbados Flee Pless!

  3. Chinese waging online spy war

    from theage.com.au by Jason Koutsoukis
    February 10, 2008

    “CHINESE computer hackers have launched several targeted attacks on highly classified Federal Government computer networks, prompting an internal review of IT security.

    The cyber attacks are believed to be part of a co-ordinated international espionage operation to glean intelligence from Western countries.”

    If the Barbadian Government is using Chinese computers, the Chinese Government may have an extremely intimate knowledge of every politician’s activities!

    Scary for the politicians and scary for us!

  4. Pat

    Nothing in life is free. The Chinese have added spyware to all those free/cheap computers. Only tightwads would take free electronic equipment from China.

  5. reality check

    Good Luck to the Chinese hackers!!!

    Hacking into the Government of Barbados computers assumes that they will find something intelligent.

    This is like having a no fly zone around our 18th century Fort St Anne and the Garrison for military espionage purposes. Yes its a no fly zone.

    Maybe the Chinese can find the offshore bank accounts of the many millions of dollars stolen from the citizens of Barbados?

    Even better, maybe the Chinese can find the persons behind the many death and other threats made against Barbadian citizens which Cable and Wireless, The RBPF and The AG appear to be powerless or unwilling to solve?

  6. Hopi

    Wow BFP, seems like you’ve firewalled my comments bigtime. Can’t say that I was not warned about being censored. Was there something offensive in my piece? Did’nt you like my comments about your freedom-loving civilized governments and corporations or was it the piece about your royal highness prince philip wishing to return as a virus? Seems like I have to say goodbye just as soon as I said hello. I’ll take my comments to other sites where we can all be enlightened. Adieu.

  7. Crusty

    BFP: Your dislike for the Chinese is getting quite tiresome. I am not a sinophile but I would like to point out a few things to you:

    1. Human rights is just one issue in life. And you can not judge all societies by your standards – for good or ill.
    2. The Chinese people total more than a sixth of the world’s population. Despite their “oppresive” government they are successful in something.
    3. A very large percentage of the manufactured goods you purchase here in Barbados are made in China. Not all of it is made with slave labour.
    4. Like the Japanese after WW2, the Chinese started making cheap stuff and then moved up the value chain. They are fully capable of making best of class products.
    5. Perhaps you can pay as much attention to American realpolitick as you do to Chinese. Many other world commentators have negative things to say about the world’s only superpower.

  8. reality check

    “BFP: Your dislike for the Chinese is getting quite tiresome. I am not a sinophile but I would like to point out a few things to you”

    Crusty

    much of what you say is true except BFP is not xenophobic unless you think slave camps and Tibet are mere figments of the worlds imagination.

    BFP appears to be attacking human right violations by a dicitorial government ( not the Chinese themselves ) and these violations need to be attacked constantly wherever they occur in the world and
    wherever they happen.

    Silence is endorsement and complicity in human right violations.

    If the blogs did not exist you might be sitting in Dodds with Mia as your salvation, or worse your guard?

    The price of freedom is eternal ( and relentless ) vigilance with a free press.

  9. cheesecutter

    I wonder what purpose it would serve to spy on our defense force.
    I mean with such a sophisticated fleet of military equipment with the likes of about 3 “warships”(the size of the smallest chinese fishing boat one would find), a helicopter(that hardly flies), army vehicles(we dont even have a humvee) including high tech bedford trucks and 1988 model land rovers, we surely have to be carefull with these chinese.
    Maybe they should have spyware in all those Ministries computers so we could find out who does carry away our money.

  10. Average White Bajan

    Threr are far greater issues to confront. What say you..?

  11. Anon

    This bashing of Chinese and Muslims by BFP is getting really tiresome.

  12. jodiperry

    Hopi, Crusty

    At last a breath of fresh air.

    I too find the BFP’s Chinese, Muslim, Cuba/Castro Africans/Foreigner bashing not only tiresome and boring but lacking the indepth perpective that the BFP themselves accuse the Barbados ‘mainstream’ press of having for example being the BDs governments mouthpiece

    It’s a shame such a powerful information medium such as this isnt used for more contructive purposes than to mirror the US/EU mainstreams media biased views: China – communist (which must be not good), Castro – evil, Muslims – bad and Africa (ns) – cesspit/corrupt and worthless.

    Once you try and engage BFP with a different perspective or logic, they either ignore it or resort to petty personal quips.

    Brief, BFP we can all watch CNN or BBC if we need to be bombarded with this drivel on a daily basis. You have a great opportunity to engage the netizens of Barbados and the wider Caribbean on matters that are in OUR national and regional and social interest. Which is exactly what the US and EU did/are doing which is why the have to audacity to ca

    *********************

    BFP says,

    No problem, Jodiperry…

    We’ll soon start to feature spelling-bee winners and ignore human rights violations and corruption like the Barbados media and then you’ll be happy!

  13. jodiperry

    That last sentence should read.
    Which is exactly what the US and EU did/are doing which is why the have to audacity to define themselves as 1st World and the rest of the world as being 3rd World.

  14. Green Monkey

    reality check said:
    BFP appears to be attacking human right violations by a dicitorial government ( not the Chinese themselves ) and these violations need to be attacked constantly wherever they occur in the world and
    wherever they happen.

    Silence is endorsement and complicity in human right violations.

    If the blogs did not exist you might be sitting in Dodds with Mia as your salvation, or worse your guard?

    The price of freedom is eternal ( and relentless ) vigilance with a free press.

    And I say amen to that:

    The Rise Of The Fourth Reich

    Everyone likes to say, “Hitler did this”, and, “Hitler did that”. But the truth is Hitler did very little. He was a world class tyrant, but the evil actually done by the Third Reich, from the slave-labor camps to WW2 was all done by German citizens who were afraid to question if what they were told by their government was the truth or not, and who because they did not want to admit to themselves that they were afraid to question the government, refused to see the truth behind the Reichstag Fire, refused to see the invasion by Poland was a staged fake, and followed Hitler into national disaster.

    The German people of the late 1930s imagined themselves to be brave. They saw themselves as the heroic Germans depicted by the Wagnerian Operas, the descendants of the fierce Germanic warriors who had hunted wild boar with nothing but spears and who had defeated three of Rome’s mightiest legions in the Tuetenberg Forest.

    But in truth, by the 1930s, the German people had become civilized and tamed, culturally obsessed with fine details in both science and society. Their self-image of bravery was both salve and slavery. Germans were required to behave as if they were brave, even when they were not.

    It’s easy to look back and realize what a jerk Hitler was. But at the time, Hitler looked pretty good to the German people, with the help of the media. He was TIME Magazine’s Man Of The Year in 1938. The German people assumed they were safe from a tyrant. They lived in a Republic, after all, with strict laws regarding what the government could and more importantly could not do. Their leader was a devoutly religious man, and had even sung with the boy’s choir of a monastery in his youth.

    Continued at:
    http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/reich.html

  15. Fool me once

    To all those who want to stop BFP from speaking out against certain ills we say no, don’t stop. What these people seem to be missing is that BFP is identifying regimes that censor open discussion and that includes us here.

    Freedom of discussion and openness are the only hope for civilization to improve. Let’s move from ‘true power…at the end of a gun’ (Mao) to mankind is free to get all the viewpoints and decide for itself who will lead.

  16. Average White Bajan

    Fool me once
    Shut up. Do you have any idea how many people have been knocked off this blog for having opposing views? You really have no idea who you’re biggin’ up…

  17. jodiperry

    BFP

    I see someone has a sense of humour

    A spelling bee wouldnt be a bad start. It would be still reactive in nature however.

    Be proactive. Set the topic for discussion

    Here’s one for starters

    Ask your readers/govt. ministers what is/should be the role or sole objective of a government.

    I’m sure you’d find in the responses the underlying root cause of the malaise which bedevils true developement in the Caribbean. (Or even Africa if you feel a bit adventurous)

  18. Crusty

    My apologies for delayed response; I’ve been away from my computer a while.

    On May 17, 2008 at 2:20 am, reality check said:

    BFP appears to be attacking human right violations by a dicitorial government ( not the Chinese themselves ) and these violations need to be attacked constantly wherever they occur in the world and wherever they happen.

    ——————–
    Well and good. So let’s read a bit about Guantanamo
    Bay, Abu Gharib, or how Ossama bin Laden got his start in business. Or about the multitude of interventions in Central and South America by a certain foreign government over the past 150 years.