Germany accuses China of setting up fake social media accounts to lure top officials

By Abby Young-Powell, Daily Telegraph

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Germany’s intelligence service warned on Sunday that China is using fake profiles on social networks to gather personal information from politicians and other high ranking officials.

More than 10,000 Germans were contacted by fake profiles on the social networking site LinkedIn during a nine months investigation into the large-scale security breach, Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, known as BfV, said …

In July, the Henry Jackson Society, a think tank, warned the personal data of thousands of British citizens could be trawled through by spies in Beijing as the UK sells off sensitive high-tech industry to Chinese investors.


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