LinkedIn is a social network with a very specific user profile and professions from any sector. It does not have the activity and participation that there is on Facebook, for example, but it does have interesting information for China. The Asian country is using this social network to collect information on officials and politicians in Germany, as well as the German intelligence agency. Apparently, they have recruited 10,000 German informants.
The Chinese government is using a social network for computer espionage- something rather unusual. Sources state they have created hundreds of false profiles designed solely to spy on German politicians and gather information about the German government. This 'persecution' is directly focused on professionals linked to parliaments, ministries, and agencies of the German government, although from China they have already denied previous accusations in the same line, and for the moment they have not spoken about these accusations.
China would be using LinkedIn to spy on the German government and other political steps.
Only eight of these profiles have been made public, and specifically some of the most active within the social network. And simply to show that they are specifically designed to be attractive to these 'whites' that the Chinese government would have set. Among the multiple false profiles within LinkedIn, there are human resources managers, or corresponding to the directive of study centers. There is growing concern about the techniques that Chinese intelligence is using to recruit informants in Germany for espionage about the German government.
This type of practice is increasingly common not only on the part of China but also on the part of other countries. And not only the espionage towards political environments, but also at a civil level. In the United States, the information that emerges on techniques of mass espionage to citizens is constant. However, this technique from China seems one of the least sophisticated that has been seen in recent months. Above all, because they do not use elaborate tools, but simply a public social network of professionals from all sectors.
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