China has long been angling for a spot atop the list of the world’s superpowers, and they seem to have no qualms with using deceit and treachery to get there.
Thanks to the nation’s slave wages and enormous workforce, Chinese products have found their way into US home in abundance. A great many of our shoes, clothes, appliances, and tech devices have origins from deep within the communist regime. This has led to long-held concerns that China was using the ubiquity of their products as a backdoor into American homes.
A new report seems to confirm those terrifying suspicions.
Social media and other online data on both prominent Americans and the U.S. military has been collected since 2017 by a Chinese technology company that purportedly markets itself to clients in the country’s military, government and commercial sector.
The findings follow the retrieval of a copy of Shenzhen Zhenhua Data Technology’s database by an Australian cybersecurity firm that found it unsecured on the Internet, according to a Monday report in The Washington Post.
The data cache, called the Overseas Key Information Database, allegedly offers insights into more than 2 million foreign political, military, and business leaders — including at least 50,000 Americans.
It also provides details regarding countries’ infrastructure, military deployments, and public opinion analysis.
A company spokesperson was quick to refute that claims surrounding the database, stating that the information Zhenhua does have access to is nothing more than they could glean from a typical online search.
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