Chinese spies use cyber hacking and sexual blackmail...

Summary:Britain's MI5 has warned that Chinese spies use a variety of information gathering techniques, not just cyber hacking.

The New York Times recently published a story that Britain's spy agency, MI5, warned British business people doing business in China about spying attempts that made used of cyber hacking and attempted to ensnare people through blackmail "over sexual relationships and other improprieties." Britain Warned Businesses of Threat of Chinese Spying -

British business executives dealing with China were given a formal warning more than a year ago by Britain’s security service, MI5, that Chinese intelligence agencies were engaged in a wide-ranging effort to hack into British companies’ computers and to blackmail British businesspeople over sexual relationships and other improprieties, according to people familiar with the MI5 document.

Was sexual blackmail an issue in the recent Google Chinese spying incident? This also involved some 30 other US companies.

Cyber hacking is just one of several techniques used by Chinese spies. Is there more to the Google v China story?

Yes, it is a salacious topic. But it's best to get it out in the open. Otherwise people won't know what to look out for, and the Chinese spies will have the upper hand in future missions.

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I would like to inform Chinese spies that I have a lot of secrets but I'm immune to any type of sexual persuasion. You are welcome to try. Here's my address.

Topics: China, Security


In May 2004, Tom Foremski became the first journalist to leave a major newspaper, the Financial Times, to become a full-time journalist blogger. He writes the popular news blog Silicon Valley Watcher--reporting on the business of Silicon Valley. Tom arrived in San Francisco in 1984, and has covered US technology markets for leading comput... Full Bio

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