[AusNOG] NBN - military pretense?

Brad Gould bradley at internode.com.au
Wed Oct 13 11:00:20 EST 2010

Whether DoD use NextGen, T, Optus or Huawei, I would assume they use 
some very strong encryption.

Why wouldnt they? Its relatively cheap, and avoids all these conspiracy 
theories.  It allows them transmission vendor independence. Which brings 
me onto the point below.

DoD has just spent squillions with NextGen for the Adelaide Darwin 
fibre.  Which is separate from NBN.  Any they are doing it to save 
money, because their current supplier cost squillions too.  So DoD want 
to save money, not make their network "more secure".

The entire article is a heap of (National) Security Theater.


On 13/10/2010 10:03, John Edwards wrote:
> On 13/10/2010, at 9:43 AM, Peter Tonoli wrote:
>> First thing that comes to mind when reading this little conspiracy
>> theory is one of the premises of NBN is that it will be sold and made
>> a commercial entity; imagine SingTel/Optus having an interest in DoD
>> critical infrastructure?
> Singtel Optus do have an interest in DoD critical infrastructure - from
> its Aussat roots. It is apparent that the armies of Singapore have not
> invaded Australia because of access to this data.
> This argument came up in the press during the OPEL planning, where it
> was also a non-event and nothing more than a distraction in the media.
> It might be worth saving this thread so you can refer back to it if
> Huawei is selected as a vendor for NBN and accused of being potential
> Chinese spies for the 100th time.
> John

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