Chinese spies set up fake profiles on LinkedIn

Chinese intelligence agents have covered LinkedIn with untruthful profiles of young professionals. This is an extensive attempt to infiltrate parliament, ministries and government agencies whose aim is to penetrate German business and politics - warns Hans-Georg, head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV). According to Maassen, Chinese spies used LinkedIn to contact approximately 10,000 German citizens and then recruit them as informers. Among the eight most active fake profiles was a human resources manager, a think tank representative from the Middle Kingdom as well as consultants, scientists and policy experts.

Such attacks are difficult to detect because network connections between service providers and their clients are usually not suspect. This provides intruders with even more impunity and makes them difficult to detect - informs the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

On Monday, China did not plead guilty to accusations made by Germany. Interestingly, this is not the first case of this type. Similar incidents occurred in the past when Chinese accused other countries of cyber-espionage: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, India and the United States. - writes on the blog Bitdefender, Luana Pascu.

We express hope that appropriate German organizations, in particular government departments, will be able to speak and act in a more responsible way, and not to do things that are unfavorable to the development of bilateral relations - said the spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Lu Kang.

According to the Czech Security Service (SIS), there is strong evidence of escalating Chinese espionage operations against European companies. In turn, the BfV reported aggressive activities of cyber-spies during the parliamentary elections.

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