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posted by mrpg on Saturday December 16 2017, @12:48PM   Printer-friendly
from the linked-in-crime dept.

Germany says China using LinkedIn to recruit informants

The German domestic intelligence agency (BfV) says China is using fake profiles on social media to target German officials and politicians. "This is a broad-based attempt to infiltrate, in particular, parliaments, ministries and government agencies," said BfV head Hans-Georg Maassen on Sunday (10 December).

Maassen said more than 10,000 Germans have been approached by the alleged ruse from Chinese profiles posing as reputable professionals on social networking site LinkedIn.

The BfV released around half dozen fake LinkedIn profiles of young attractive Chinese professionals. Among them is Laeticia Chen who supposedly works at the China Center for International Politics and Economy. Another, Eva Han, is from the China University of Political Science and Law.

The people behind the suspected profiles attempt to link to others, asking them to contact them. The BfV says the moves are designed to possibly recruit high-ranking officials to become Chinese informants.


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  • (Score: 1) by Ethanol-fueled on Saturday December 16 2017, @01:27PM (3 children)

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Saturday December 16 2017, @01:27PM (#610687) Homepage

    Leave Laeticia "Ching Chong" Chen alone!

    Actually, "academic solicitation" is taught to us in security as one of the primary methods the Chinks use to steal our secrets.

    And thanks to H1-B hiring, the Chinks are everywhere in our industries.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @09:17PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @09:17PM (#610793)

      We're all human. Do you use slurs against Chinese people because you just don't like other races? That's pretty sad. Try to focus on qualities you admire like work ethic, focus on academic success, family values, and thrift.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 17 2017, @01:47AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 17 2017, @01:47AM (#610826)

        Mostly, we think he does it just to get a reaction. So he got you. Which is nice.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 17 2017, @03:56PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 17 2017, @03:56PM (#610999)

      Uh you forgot that the H1Bs are actually already in other people's jobs.

      The fact that you suggest that some are being educated is refreshing. All the ones I know can't even follow their script and/or run-book properly without needing help.

      Too bad those cost savings that are repeatedly.. repeated... do not include metrics like what does it cost for the few remaining skilled people to help those unskilled H1Bs out.

      I expect there are a great number of super talented H1Bs and that is what the whole system was for. I've never ever seen that even once, though. I've only seen people get fired and that it took 3 to 1 or 4 to 1 headcount replacements of cheaper workers to make up for the loss of people that had a job measurable by output like that.

      The people uniquely skilled either were not replaced or when they were, the outcome was much different than the executive bonuses predicted and some damge control had to be done. Now, us managers have to explain why someone is so skilled that an H1B can't do it since all knowledge is learnable and if the special person is holding out then fire him at the first opportunity but don't let that other fiasco happen again when no one thought to think that skill can be hard to get skilled at. Who knew some jobs were hard? Not the executives.

      i am hoping upper management gets outsourced too, but look what happened at Microsoft.

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @01:56PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @01:56PM (#610691)

    Not that it was great before, but once Microsoft bought LinkedIn, that was it for me. I never accepted any of the recommendations for different skills (whatever that circle jerk is called), although various people tried to give them to me. Deleting my account didn't feel very convincing, they must still have my name and company name, which was about all I provided.

    The Chinese can have it as far as I'm concerned.

    • (Score: 2) by frojack on Saturday December 16 2017, @07:40PM (1 child)

      by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Saturday December 16 2017, @07:40PM (#610770) Journal

      Facebook for job hoppers.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 17 2017, @03:59PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 17 2017, @03:59PM (#611000)

        it wasnt always like that. it only became like that when regular people joined it.

        it used to be a sort of clique of non-salary workers looking to make the next deal--contractors, sales, etc... looking to put contacts in contact with someone who can help both make money.

        now its just profile shilling i guess. i dont use it anymore --i just have a stale account that i check every quarter or half year or so now (its been around long enough to say checking it yearly seems to be good enough...) but ive found it is not possible to not have an account at places like that. too many companies search on them for info and if you are not there then you must have a problem of some kind.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by JoeMerchant on Saturday December 16 2017, @02:58PM (1 child)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Saturday December 16 2017, @02:58PM (#610700)

    I doubt the name similarity between Eva Han and Eva Braun is a coincidence...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva_Braun [wikipedia.org]

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @03:47PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @03:47PM (#610709)

      About as much of a coincidence as John calling from India to tell you about your IRS status.

      The real coincidence with LinkedIn et al, is that they are owned and operated by butt-plugger jews. All these "social media" platforms are started with fake users in the hundreds of thousands to show gullible people that others are using that "social media" platform and they should be on it too.

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @07:16PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @07:16PM (#610765)

    this is hilarious. it sounds like something US politicians would whine about. "we've been infiltrated by a state actor" ( we friended random fake profiles). "OPM has been breached" (we hired chinese intel front company to do our paperwork for us). you dumb ass bastards are incompetent vampires.

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