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A Botched Black Bag Job Reveals the Long Arm of Chinese Intelligence

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Sep 7, 2017 | 10:50 GMT
The CEO of a technology company caught a suspected Chinese agent trying to hack the computer network from inside the building.

The Chinese suspect spent 2.5 hours inside the company's headquarters and had two video cameras. These facts probably indicate that he intended to do more than attempt to breach the company's computer systems.

(TOMOHIRO OHSUMI/Getty Images)

The Chinese government has a sophisticated human intelligence capability, which is quite capable of recruiting company employees using cash, sex or other approaches. This human intelligence capability is used not only against government targets, but also against commercial targets that have information or technology that the Chinese government deems is critical to the country's military and economic goals. Companies need to prepare their employees for these human intelligence approaches....

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