China News: Fears of ‘Psychological Warfare’ as Major Leak Reveals China Monitoring Millions | World | News

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A company linked to Chinese military and intelligence organizations has obtained data from tens of thousands of Australians, a major data breach has revealed. Those targeted include celebrities, journalists and even Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Globally, some 2.4 million people have been found.
Experts have called the move a “psychological warfare” tactic to influence Australian public opinion.

The Chinese company behind the compilation of the files, Zhenhua Data, is said to have links with the Chinese intelligence service, the Ministry of State Security.

The waiter also worked for the Chinese Communist Party and the People’s Liberation Army.

The information included in the disclosure shows that the server has compiled “open source” details such as dates of birth, addresses, marital status and photographs.

A review of the database described how the information obtained came from “well-known platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as well as others.”

The report adds, “In addition to personal information, they recorded information about posts, likes and retweets.

“This allowed for a wide variety of targeting of key relationships and people. “

But experts noted that up to 20% of the information could not be obtained through open source, which meant it could have been collected from the dark web or through hacking.

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Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat, whose family data has also been viewed, has already sounded the alarm that he could be tracked down by Chinese intelligence.

He said the data breach marked a “significant shift” in the country’s tactics.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Mr Tugendhat said: ‘This is a further indication that their interest in British politics has gone beyond the general and into the specific.

“What is clear is that the Chinese government is seeking to become increasingly involved in politics abroad.

“Many of us know, through direct targeting in a crass way, that attempts to influence the UK have gone beyond what was normal a few years ago, and this seems to indicate that companies in China are used as part of broader information. -assembly effort.



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