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

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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. The fake profiles were disguised as headhunters, consultants, or scholars with names “Rachel Li” and “Alex Li”, and attempted to trick people into “connecting” with them in order to extract information on people’s habits, hobbies and political interests, according to the intelligence agency. “Chinese intelligence services are active on networks like LinkedIn and have been trying for a while to extract information and find intelligence sources in this way,” a spokesperson said. Read more… http://ift.tt/2iJZjuC


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