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CARIB | Dec 21, 2020

‘Certainly not us’: Liberty Latin America denies Caribbean networks compromised by China

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Liberty Latin America, the parent company of FLOW Jamaica, says that while it continues to assess allegations in a recent Guardian article, it maintains one of the most secure networks anywhere in the world.

Liberty, responding to a request for comment, told Our Today on Monday (December 21) that across all markets in the Americas where FLOW operates, it places the utmost importance on data protection.

“Across all the markets where Flow operates, including Jamaica, we continuously monitor our networks and have robust security policies and protocols in place to protect the data of our customers. We take our commitment to data protection seriously and are carefully reviewing the information in the Guardian article,” the conglomerate replied in a terse statement.

The December 15 article, published by the UK’s Guardian, accused China of spying on US nationals through Caribbean mobile networks in what it called an “espionage campaign against Americans”.

The Guardian stated, at the heart of the allegations are claims that China, using a state-controlled mobile phone operator, is directing signalling messages to US subscribers, usually while they are travelling abroad.

The alleged attacks appear to be enabling China to target, track and intercept phone communications of US phone subscribers, according to outlined research and analysis by Gary Miller, a Washington state-based former mobile network security executive.

In response, the Chinese Embassy in the Bahamas slammed the allegations as baseless, dismissing the article as “another attempt of the US to sow discord between China and Caribbean countries”.

Liberty Latin America, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is one of the Americas’ leading telecommunications companies operating in over 20 countries. 

It dominates market share across Latin America and the Caribbean under the consumer brands Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC), VTR, Flow, Liberty, Más Móvil, BTC and Cabletica.

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