Category: <span>MSS</span>

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Xinjiang Data Project Documents China’s High Tech Social Controls

Xinjiang Data Project Documents China’s High Tech Social Controls

Drawing on open source data including satellite imagery, Chinese government documents, official statistics and a range of authoritative reports and academic studies, the Xinjiang Data Project documents the Chinese Communist Party’s ongoing program of human rights abuses and tech-enhanced authoritarianism in Xinjiang, and explores its global implications. This is a case study in repressive technology,...

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SpyTalk: How Chinese Intelligence Penetrated the CIA

SpyTalk: How Chinese Intelligence Penetrated the CIA

In SpyTalk, a new email newsletter, veteran journalist Jeff Stein leads off with a report on the recent indictment of Alexander Ma, a former CIA officer who allegedly spied for China’s Ministry of State Security, and a relative who allegedly helped him. The secrets the two Ma’s spilled included the identity of five CIA agents,...

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Did Trump Just Kill a $122 Billion Company?

Did Trump Just Kill a $122 Billion Company?

The Chinese telecom is worth more than $120 billion. But for how long? Western intelligence agencies say Huawei will inevitably act in the interests of China’s intelligence service, the Ministry of State Security. Now sanctions imposed by the Trump administration will effectively cut off Huawei from the world’s semi-conductor market. Without the basic components of...

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China’s MSS Penetrated CIA, Says Justice Department

China’s MSS Penetrated CIA, Says Justice Department

Russia gets America’s attention but Chinese intelligence gets America’s secrets. A new criminal case shows that Chinese intelligence penetrated the CIA via two former CIA officers. One was Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, who went from being a CIA spy to MSS informant. According to court documents, Ma began working for the CIA in 1982, maintained...

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China’s ‘Entrepreneurial’ Approach to Espionage

China’s ‘Entrepreneurial’ Approach to Espionage

Whereas U.S. intelligence agencies collect information for counterterrorism and military operations abroad, China’s spy services focus on obtaining intellectual property and implementing social controls. From a review of “Chinese Communist Espionage: An Intelligence Primer” on Cipher Brief. The chapter on economic espionage is the longest, and is enlightening both to the scale of Chinese activities,...

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