Should UK be wary of Chinese 'trap doors'?
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Sir David Omand on Chinese-built nuclear plants in UK

The former head of GCHQ said the UK was right to be concerned about potential exploitation of security gaps in future nuclear power plants built with the aid of Chinese companies.

Sir David Omand, who was head of the agency between 1996 and 1997, and later served as Permanent Secretary of the Home Office, said he welcomed a public announcement that a team of GCHQ experts are working together with coders from a Chinese company to ensure that there were no ‘trap doors’ built in to the software.

Asked if the UK was right to be suspicious of the Chinese in this regard, he said: “Oh yes, certainly, I mean, a number of nations have the capability of to do this sort of thing and the Chinese are rather good at it.”

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