The United States Best Spy Catcher said Chinese spy agencies use fake LinkedIn accounts to recruit Americans with access to government and business secrets, and the company should shut them down. In an interview with Reuters, Reuters said that intelligence and law enforcement officers LinkedIn, owned by Microsoft, commented on China 's "superaggressive". Englisch: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 263 & lang = en. Efforts on the website told.
He said the Chinese campaign included contacting thousands of LinkedIn members at the same time, but he declined to say how many fake accounts the US intelligence had discovered, how many Americans might have been contacted, and how successful China was at the event Recruiting action had.
German and British authorities have warned their citizens that Beijing is using LinkedIn to try to recruit them as spies. But this is the first time that a US official has publicly debated the challenge in the United States, pointing out that it is a bigger problem than previously known.
Evanina said LinkedIn should copy the response from Twitter, Google and Facebook, who all have fake counterfeit accounts allegedly linked to Iranian and Russian intelligence agencies.
"I've recently seen Twitter cancel millions of fake accounts, I do not know, and our request might be that LinkedIn could continue," said Evanina, director of the US Counter Intelligence and Security Center.
It is extremely unusual for a senior US intelligence official to name a publicly owned US company and publicly call for action. LinkedIn says it has 575 million users in more than 200 counties and territories, including more than 1
However, Evanina did not say if he was frustrated with LinkedIn's response or if he believes he did enough. 19659003] LinkedIn LinkedIn Trust and Security Director Paul Rockwell confirmed that the company had talked with US law enforcement agencies about Chinese spying activities. Earlier this month, LinkedIn said it had "fewer than 40" fake accounts whose users were trying to contact LinkedIn members with unidentified political organizations. Rockwell did not say if these were Chinese accounts.
"We are doing everything we can to identify and stop this activity," Rockwell told Reuters. "We have never waited for requests to identify bad players and remove bad accounts by using information from multiple sources, including government agencies."
Rockwell declined to provide fake accounts with Chinese intelligence agencies. He said that the company is taking "very quick action to restrict accounts and mitigate and stop any significant damage that may be happening," but did not provide any details.
LinkedIn "is a victim here," said Evanina. "I think the cautionary tale … is, you'll be like Facebook, do you want to be where Facebook was last spring with Congressional credentials, right?" He said, referring referring to the survey of the Facebook CEO by lawmakers Mark Zuckerberg on Russia's use of Facebook to meddle in the 2016 US election.
China's Foreign Ministry denied Evanina's allegations.
"We do not know what evidence relevant US officials have to this conclusion, what they say is utter nonsense and has ulterior motives," the ministry said in a statement.
But Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat in the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Beijing's exploitation of LinkedIn "demonstrates the length to which Chinese intelligence will go, and the challenges of 21st century counterintelligence in a world where everyone has one Online footprint has. "