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All countries are guilty of hacking - SAIIA

SAIIA says countries hack into government networks in order to protect national security.

SAIIA says countries hack into government networks in order to protect national security. Picture: Sxc.hu

CAPE TOWN - The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) believes all countries hack into government networks.

This comment follows a report in The _Guardian _newspaper on Sunday which said UK spooks hacked into a network used by South African diplomats during a G20 Summit in London in 2009.

It's believed phone calls of delegates were also tapped.

The Department of International Relations says it has not received a full report about the matter but has condemned it in principal.

But the SAIIA's Tom Wheeler says he's not sure what all the fuss is about.

"I don't believe that it serves any purpose because all countries do this, including South Africa. It's sort of a phony problem."

Wheeler says despite Turkey kicking up the biggest fuss, they too are guilty of hacking.

"When I was representing South Africa in Turkey, there was a case where this arose, and the Turks said of course we tap the lines. It's in the interest of national security. So everybody is doing it."